The deadline to comply with the EUDR law is approaching, what have coffee businesses in Europe done?
– PROTECT THE ORIGIN –
Deforestation and forest degradation are occurring at an alarming rate. According to estimates by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), about 10% of the world’s remaining forests were lost worldwide between 1990 and 2020. So, the Law stipulates the destruction of forests. EU Forest Service (EUDR) was established with the primary aim of combating deforestation and forest degradation. This Regulation sets out the rules relating to the placing and supply on the Union market as well as the export from the Union of deforestation-related products, including coffee. It is expected that some provisions in the law will be applied immediately after the 20th day after its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union and next year. What have businesses in Europe done to meet EUDR regulations? Find out with 43 Factory Coffee Roaster!
Many small coffee businesses are not prepared for EUDR compliance
According to recent information in The Coffee Barometer magazine, most coffee companies in the region have not been fully prepared. The reason may be because measuring and controlling the deforestation level of the product is very difficult. Accurately tracing the origin of some coffee products is not an easy task. Especially for small companies, limited budgets pose many obstacles in investing in deforestation measurement solutions.
Furthermore, the extent of the mandatory requirements expected in the coffee industry covered by the code is far-reaching. Meanwhile, it’s clear that many coffee companies are ill-equipped to handle this transition. In addition, many experts said that the new law could cause unforeseen adverse consequences. These include increasing the burden on the governments of coffee-producing countries and also on small-scale farmers.
Large coffee businesses use satellites to monitor deforestation
With the urgency and rigor clearly shown in the announcement in the official magazine of the European Union, European businesses are stepping up the search for compliance solutions. Among them, the multinational green coffee trading company Neumann Kaffee Gruppe (NKG) has cooperated with the Dutch deforestation monitoring company Satelligence. Specifically, NKG will use Satelligence’s satellite-based monitoring tools across the company’s entire green coffee supply chain in Honduras and Uganda.
In addition, Satelligence has also signed an agreement with the non-profit organization Fairtrade International to monitor deforestation on coffee and cocoa growing lands. Another company based in Utrecht also provides the monitoring technology that powers the Carble platform. This technology is designed to monitor and control farmers’ production levels. With a specific scope of positive impact and limited deforestation, farmers will be rewarded with a sum of money that will incentivize them to maintain forests while ensuring the products produced meet EUDR criteria.
EUDR regulations on combating deforestation and forest degradation can be a solution to promote forest protection, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and sustainably develop the economy and society. However, according to experts, EUDR may have adverse and unintended impacts on small-scale coffee farmers. To comply, the coffee industry needs the cooperation and support of all departments, businesses, and actors inside and outside the supply chain.
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