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European Commission Environment / Development Capacity building of Thai food industries on "carbon footprint labelling" to promote the development of low-carbon trade between EU and Thailand for climate change mitigation Thailand - EC Cooperation Facility BGUE-B2007-19.100101-C1-AIDCO Bangkok, Thailand

Project Description: This is a project under the Thailand - EC Cooperation Facility, the programme designed to strengthen and diversify the relationship between the European Community and Thailand in a wide range of areas to deepen the economic, political and cultural partnership between the EU and Thailand. The overall objective of this project is to transfer EU expertise and practical experiences on carbon footprint analysis and management of food products to build up the capacity of Thai food industries to prepare them for adopting "Carbon Footprint Labelling" so as to facilitate low-carbon trade between EU and Thailand. To achieve the goal, the proposed actions of this project are conducted through the collaboration between EU research institutes and universities (INRA and USC) with Thai universities (KU and JGSEE) to train Thai academicians and work together to assist two Thai food companies (demonstration projects) to prepare for adopting the carbon label that is required by EU retailers. By analysing Thai food products throughout the supply chain, a better understanding on the associated carbon footprint will be obtained and some options for carbon profile improvement will be made. It is expected that the readiness to adopt the carbon footprint label by Thai food industries will lead to the improvement of energy efficiency along the supply chain production and facilitate low-carbon trade between Thailand and EU, which will contribute to mitigate climate change impacts. Specifically, the project aims at:    transferring EU expertise and practical experiences on carbon footprint labelling to Thailand; increasing the level of understanding and assist the Thai food industry to prepare for the "Carbon Footprint Labelling" system; and facilitating the development of low-carbon economy between the Thai food industry and EU retailers N/A Kasetsart University (Department of Environmental Science, Faculty of Science) Joint Graduate School of Energy and Environment (TH) Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (FR) University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain) University of Surrey (UK)

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€ 264,745 € 198,559 € 66,186 01/09/2008 – 01/03/2010 (18 months) Dr Rattanawan Mungkung Kasetsart University P. O. Box 1072 Kasetsart, Chutuchak, BKK 10903 Thailand Phone: 02 562 5555 ext. 1508 (office number) or 02 942 8036 (direct line) or 084 664 5797 (mobile) Fax: 02 942 8715 Email: fscirwm@ku.ac.th or tammungkung@gmail.com N/A

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Target group(s)1 Final beneficiaries2

Thai food industries; KU, JGSEE, INRA, USC and UniS Thai food industry and their associated supply chain stakeholders; Thai academicians and students; Thai and EU research organisations; EU retailers; EU consumers; Global society 1. Upgraded knowledge of at least 6 local academicians on carbon footprint analysis method and practice and the better understanding of at least 8 EU experts from 3 different EU countries on the Thai food production systems and their associated carbon footprints; the increased management skills of all organisations involved in this project (the applicant, local and EU partners) will promote the EU and Thai collaborative projects in the future which can lead to a networking between 4 countries in 2 regions; 2. A better understanding of the carbon footprint analysis and management so as to improve the carbon profile of their products of 2 Thai food companies and more than 10 of their associated supply chain stakeholders; 3. The technical knowledge and practical experience gained from this project will be disseminated to more than 1 000 other food and non-food companies, more than 10 000 food supply chain stakeholders, about 500 staff of Thai universities, governmental and private organisations, research institutes and NGOs, more than 1 000 EU retailers and millions of EU consumers and the global society benefiting from this project; and 4. The publications as a result of technical workshop and seminars: About 10 copies of technical workshop materials, 100 handouts each for two seminars and 100 copies of guidebooks on “Carbon Label for Climate Change Mitigation: Practical guidelines on carbon footprint analysis and management for Thai food products” will be produced and disseminated to more than 10 000 stakeholders (food, non-food companies and their stakeholders including all other interested parties from universities, governmental and private organisations, research institutes and NGOs).

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Capacity-building activities include meeting, technical workshop, seminar, and technical assistance, details of which are: 1. Arranging a kick-off meeting among all partners for project management discussion in terms of practicality and effectiveness 2. Organising a technical workshop to share experiences among EU and Thai experts on the "Carbon Footprint Labelling" system 3. Organising a seminar for the Thai food industries to introduce the principles and practical experiences regarding the "Carbon Footprint Labelling" system 4. Identifying two target food products and two food processors interested in the "Carbon Footprint Labelling" system and selecting demonstration projects based on these food products 5. Assisting the demonstration projects to assess their carbon footprint 6. Organising a meeting between Thai food companies and EU retailers 7. Organising a seminar to disseminate the results of the demonstration projects to a wider audience

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“Target groups” are the groups/entities who will be directly positively affected by the project at the Project Purpose level – See paragraph 2.3 in Section II for the list.

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“Final beneficiaries” are those who will benefit from the project in the long term at the level of the society or sector at large


				
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