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OUR CLIMATE NEUTRAL
GREEN ASPARAGUS

Emissions are registered from cultivation to the POS and the disposal of packaging

Origin: Mexico

Certifications: GlobalG.A.P., Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI)

Your contribution

THE JOURNEY

Cultivation

… of the green asparagus in Mexico.

Transport

… from overseas to Europe by plane.

Delivery

… to the shelves of our customers.
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kilometres driven by car
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trees that bind CO2
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wash cycles at 60°C

THE CARBON OFFSET PROJECTS

Clean drinking water in Malawi

Two billion people in the world have no access to clean drinking water. Many families have to boil their drinking water over an open fire, resulting in CO2 emissions and deforestation. By providing safe drinking water through the repair of damaged and the drilling of additional new boreholes, the project in Kasungu, Malawi ensures, that households consume less firewood during the process of water purification. This way CO2 emissions can be avoided.

Wind energy
in Chile

This project contributes to meet the electricity demand in Chile with renewable, clean and zero-emission power, displacing fossil-fuel based generation. The park consists of two wind farms with 57 wind turbines in total. Since wind energy is created without burning fossil fuels, it is considered emission-free. The growth of renewable energy production is essential to limiting global warming and securing energy supplies for the future.

WHAT DOES
CLIMATE NEUTRAL MEAN?

CALCULATION: CO2 FOOTPRINT

CO2 balance of the company and its products

REDUCTION: CO2 EMISSIONS

Climate protection strategy to reduce CO2 emissions

COMPENSATION: CO2 REMAINDER

Support of carbon offset projects

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THE JOURNEY: CALCULATION. REDUCTION. COMPENSATION.

To us, climate neutral means that as a company, we act in a climate friendly way and offer our customers products whose CO2 emissions are compensated with the help of internationally recognised carbon offset projects, making it effectively possible for clients and consumers to protect our climate in an easy and comprehensible manner. To achieve this, we calculate the total CO2 emissions caused by fruit and vegetables from their origin to the point of sale and their final disposal, taking into account cultivation, packing process, logistics and the disposal of packaging materials. We then reduce CO2 emissions wherever possible and compensate the remaining inevitable emissions by supporting certified carbon offset projects.

Of course, we know that climate neutral products are only the first step, which must be followed by many more. But this is a step we can take right now and for us, that’s what counts! Climate neutral fruit and vegetables, too, will continue to cause emissions. Therefore, in future, we will make it our goal to motivate our partners to look for innovative and climate friendly alternatives so that emissions shall be reduced to a minimum, not only inside Port International, but all along the supply chain.

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    Your contribution

    When you buy 1 kg of green asparagus, you support the compensation of 31.3 kg CO2 on average. This compensation has benefitted two selected climate protection projects in equal parts.

    Your contribution

    When you buy 1 kg of blueberries, you support the compensation of 1.55 kg CO2 on average. This compensation has benefitted two selected climate protection projects in equal parts.

    Your contribution

    When you buy 1 kg of strawberries, you support the compensation of 1.02 kg CO2 on average. This compensation has benefitted two selected climate protection projects in equal parts.

    Your contribution

    When you buy 1 kg of clementines, you support the compensation of 0.71 kg CO2 on average. This compensation has benefitted two selected climate protection projects in equal parts.

    Your contribution

    When you buy 1 kg of bananas, you support the compensation of 0.77 kg CO2 on average. This compensation has benefitted two selected climate protection projects in equal parts.

    Organic Fairtrade bananas

    Our organic Fairtrade bananas not only come in organic quality, but are also Fairtrade certified. 

    The Fairtrade seal shows that our bananas originated from fair trade and that during their production, specific social, ecological and economic criteria were observed. All farmers who export Fairtrade bananas have the Fairtrade certification. Regular audits ensure that the relevant Fairtrade standards are adhered to.

    The seal assures the consumers that the small farmers and workers receive a stable and fair price for their fruits, a price that covers the costs of a sustainable production. In addition, a Fairtrade premium is paid for every products. The farmers, who are organised in cooperatives, decide for themselves what the premium is used for. Possible examples would be the construction of wells for drinking water, the construction or renovation of roads and schools, medical care or further education and trainings.

    So when they buy bananas with the Fairtrade seal, consumers help improve the living and working conditions of small producers all over the world.

    Organic bananas

    The label “organic” means that our bananas are cultivated and harvested according to the standard of organic farming. The aim of this agricultural method is to produce food by using only natural substances and processes with the objective of reducing the negative effects on the environment.

    Organic farming includes:

    • responsible use of energy and natural resources
    • conservation of the biological diversity
    • preservation of the regional ecological balance
    • improvement of soil fertility and
    • preservation of water quality

    As opposed to conventional bananas, high quality organic bananas are treated exclusively with organic fertilisers and never with chemical pesticides.

    The demands on organic farming also promote a higher animal protection standard that considers the specific needs of animals. The provisions of the European Union for organic agriculture give a clear structure to the entire EU, thereby ensuring a reliable labelling of organic products.