Solutions are needed to improve Italian and France cheeses supply chain efficiency, to analyse and reduce their environmental footprint and to achieve more sustainable production and consumption. In order to do that, the whole supply-chain of products, his consumption and waste management must be considered.
The European project LIFE TTGG – The Tough Get Going (meaning “tough” the cheeses covered by this project) arises from the synergy between universities, start-ups, manufacturing companies, Italian and French training and research organizations, with the aim of improving the cheese production processes efficiency in Europe, reducing environmental impact and thus achieving more sustainable production and consumption.
The project intends to develop a software – Environmental Decision Support System (EDSS) – in order to calculate and reduce the environmental footprint trough an efficient methodology, in compliance with the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF); this means optimising of both environmental and economic performances in farms, dairies and packaging producers. Lastly, the project aims to increase stakeholder and consumer know-how about the PEF methodology, providing reliable and simple information.
This software will be calibrated, validated and tested on Grana Padano PDO and on Comté PDO production environment; it will then be proposed as a reference for other European PDO cheeses Consortia.
The results of the LIFE TTGG project will be a useful contribution to the implementation of European environmental policies, particularly towards a Europe where the correct use of resources and the so-called “circular economy”, which recognize the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) methodology as the common method for measuring environmental performances.
Latteria San Pietro has nature close to his heart: environment, animals and people. San Pietro has already adopted a philosophy based on One Health system, through the production of Organic Grana Padano PDO, Grana Padano PDO from hay and promotional activities of the stable meadows of Mincio Valley. The dairy decided to take part of the LIFE TTGG project to further implement his level of sustainability, make the resources of today available in the future and offer an even more sustainable product to the market.