30 years of responsible production
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A climate favorable to natural production
Azura is above all a production of tomatoes that respects seasonality and benefits from the natural heat and light of the sun, without any other source of energy being necessary to heat the greenhouses.
This is what allows Azura tomatoes to have a naturally low environmental footprint: the total greenhouse gas emissions of an Azura tomato, from farm to consumer's plate, are 1,26 CO2e / kg of tomato.
Life Cycle Analysis
In 2010, Azura initiated a vast analysis of its environmental impact using the “Life Cycle Analysis” method, carried out according to the international standard standards ISO 14040 and ISO 14044, which makes it possible to measure the quantifiable effects of Azura's activity on the environment (in particular CO2 emissions), by covering all stages of the life of its products:
- All inputs (raw materials necessary for production)
- Seed production
- Plant production
- The production of tomatoes (watering, harvesting, etc.)
- The conditioning
- The manufacture of packaging and packaging
- Product transport
- Storage and preservation of the product at the place of distribution
Several lessons were learned from this analysis of the impacts on a perimeter covering production to the consumer's plate (cradle to grave):
- The production of a kilo of tomatoes (cherry or long, from production to the consumer) emits 1,26 kg CO2e / kg
- About half of Azura's tomato emissions (46%) come from agricultural activities.
- The other main sources of emissions are split between packaging (23%) and distribution (19%).
2010 - 2020: -20% CO2 emissions target
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The carbon neutrality that Azura has achieved today is the natural extension of its production method and of a process to reduce its CO2 emissions, which began more than 10 years ago. After reducing its CO2e emissions by 20% since 2010, Azura is continuing its reduction plan and offsetting 100% of its emissions: 192 t CO000e / year.
For more than 10 years, the Azura Group has acted daily to reduce its environmental footprint by working on all aspects of its production chain:
- By reducing the weight of its packaging by almost half (-43% since 2010), a measure which has notably made it possible to save 1 tonnes of plastic since 200
- By improving the recycling of its waste
- By launching in July 2019 the "Zero Residue of Pesticides"
- By supporting the development of local communities (education, access to drinking water, etc.) thanks to the Azura association.
2019: the "Elongated cherry tomato guaranteed Zero Pesticide Residue"
In July 2019, Azura launched “Zero Pesticide Residue”.
This Zero Pesticide Residue approach, implemented on one of Azura's flagship products, reinforces the good practices in place on production farms, namely the choice of tomato varieties more resistant to pests, the use of pesticides. natural resources whenever possible, but also integrated pest management, which involves introducing insects that are enemies of pests into greenhouses in order to promote natural defense.
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