Food Value Chain Study


  • Build a motivated consortium to champion energy productivity gains as an enabler of decarbonisation by developing capabilities and showcasing best practice
  • Demonstrate and communicate the narrative about the high-value opportunities for energy productivity gains across food production and consumption systems that create shared value and enhance energy performance
  • Identify and track the multi-benefits gained across the value chain through the implementation of technology and process-related improvements for energy performance
  • Account for greenhouse gas reductions in energy productivity gains across a value chain as part of Australia’s Nationally Determined Contribution (net zero by 2050 and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 43% from 2005 levels)
  • Evidence multi-benefit metrics for a basis of innovative funding mechanisms to scale growth of energy productivity solutions.

Key messages

Emerging issues with the potential to justify more attention on energy productivity and collaboration that were identified included:

  • Increasingly ambitious decarbonisation commitments and obligations. For larger businesses, there is increasing focus on Scope 3 Emissions (emissions a business influences but doesn’t control – mainly associated with inputs and emissions generated by customers): this increases pressure to collaborate. Much of the focus is on methane from food production and waste, and global warming impacts of refrigerants (which has serious implications for costs and performance of refrigeration). Renewable energy and carbon offsets were mentioned as potential options.
  • Circular economy industrial models. The principle that ‘there should be no such thing as waste’ underpins circular economy. Minimising waste and finding ways to transform waste into useful products or potentially valuable resources that markets will consume make collaboration and development of new business models more important
  • Digitalisation and connection. Real-time, meaningful knowledge supports optimal action. Applying it across businesses helps to identify ‘frictions’, inefficiencies and contradictions between KPIs and perceptions of what is important.
  • Consumer, investor and government focus on environmental performance is increasing. Not all participants saw strong signals such as financial incentives or consumers prepared to pay for change.
  • Potential to partner with, build on or complement existing work by applying an ‘energy productivity lens’ and building greater awareness of how it can help them to achieve their existing and additional objectives.

Get in touch

We invite organisations within the food sector to get in touch if they wish to work with us to form a consortium to build awareness and drive action around energy productivity in food value chains.


Who we're working with

Our team

Belinda Whelan
Director - Strategic Projects Climate-KIC Australia

As Director of Strategic Projects, Belinda brings her global experience in accounting, marketing, strategy and innovation for financial services to develop strategies to build greater resilience for Climate-KIC Australia.

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