Dole Food to Reduce Carbon Emissions

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9th August 2007
By Nicci Pugh

Dole Food Company’s Costa
Rican subsidiary, Standard Fruit de Costa Rica, has signed an agreement
to work on a project aimed at establishing a carbon neutral product
supply chain for bananas and pineapples, from production sites in Costa
Rica to markets in North America and Europe.

Under the deal, Standard Fruit de Costa Rica will work in collaboration
with Fondo Nacional de Financiamento Forestal (FONAFIFO), the National
Forestry Financing Fund and an entity of the Ministry of Environment
and Energy of Costa Rica.

Through introducing a carbon neutral supply chain, US fruit and
vegetable producer Dole said that the carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted to
produce, pack, transport and distribute the fruit will be offset by
mitigation practices which increase the capture of CO2 in order to
achieve a ‘neutral’ balance. These practices entail new, more efficient
transportation methods, changes to agricultural processes to reduce CO2
emissions, and partnering with local farmers to implement preservation
and reforestation programs.

David DeLorenzo, president and CEO of Dole Food Company, said: "The
environment is a concern for all of us. Companies, consumers,
governments and non-governmental organizations should endeavor to
promote and adopt new production and distribution methods and
consumption behavior in order to reverse harmful trends to the
environment.

"As the world’s largest producer and distributor of fruits and
vegetables, Dole is determined to take the lead in its sector and the
agreement with FONAFIFO is a good starting point."

Roberto Dobles, Minister of the Environment and Energy of Costa Rica,
added: "Dole is such an important company in the production of bananas
and pineapples on a global level that we are very enthusiastic that
Standard Fruit made the decision to strive to become a carbon neutral
company here in Costa Rica and join our efforts to become the first
carbon neutral country in the world by 2021.

"With this agreement, Dole demonstrates its enormous capacity to
innovate and develop processes that will be reflected in benefits to
the environment. I hope that this initiative will be followed by others
in the private sector, so that we may unite efforts in favor of the
environment."

This article was originally posted at ENERGY BUSINESS: Review ONLINE by Nicci Pugh.

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