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Sustainability In The Cold Chain Process

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The cold chain process is another word for the temperature-controlled supply chain in which goods are transferred across global shipping lines. These supply chains typically operate using highly complex networks and infrastructure that require multiple refrigeration components in order to safely ensure the process remains unbroken during the entirety of its trip.

 For the process to be effective, it requires a coordinated effort along multiple channels and sometimes, countries. So whether you are shipping delicious food, or life saving vaccines, expanding the sustainability of our industry is not only our goal, but something we all need to do in order to reverse the climate issues our communities are facing. 

The Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that roughly one-third of all food produced yearly is either lost or wasted, with about half of that being caused by a lack of access to basic cold-chain logistics. Refrigeration alone will not solve this issue as temperature-sensitive produce can still perish when stored properly without consumer access, which most developing countries still struggle with.

 With proper, sustainable systems in place the cold chain process allows farmers in these countries to transition from traditional staple crops like corn and wheat, to producing fruits and vegetables rich in micronutrients. With high value crops being grown, rural communities will see an increase in available jobs and economic growth. A healthy and sustainable cold chain process helps connect farmers, fishers, and growers with international markets without negatively impacting the environment.

As demand for food steadily increases, the cold chain process is being used to reduce carbon emissions related to food loss. Cold storage facilities using low-GWP and energy efficient cooling systems have been proven to operate at a higher efficiency even when located in warmer climates or rural areas. These systems, along with zero-energy storage solutions such as evaporative cooling, and improvements in building design have lessened our industries overall carbon footprint. 

No single technology will be the solution to this problem, however, shifting our focus to more sustainable practices and renewable energies are two important steps our industry must take towards operating a sustainable cold chain process. 

There are numerous ways you can take action and help solve the sustainability issues within the cold chain process.

Behavioral change.

Understanding the lifecycle of your product is key. In order to minimize your carbon footprint you must first be able to identify areas where improvement is not only necessary, but achievable.  Remember, your sustainability targets exist to eventually help your bottom line. 

Natural energy resources.

Using natural shading, better building design, and natural ventilation alongside sustainable practices like sky or evaporative cooling can increase your businesses green efforts. 

Efficiency improvements.

By improving the efficiency of your existing cooling appliances and control systems you’ll be a step closer to optimizing your company’s cold chain process.

Evo Logistics is one of the top and most-preferred cold storage warehouses and carriers to food chains on the west coast. Our goal is to provide outstanding service and establish long-term relationships with all customers all over the world. Our cold storage facility in Los Angeles is centrally located and offers superior service throughout our community.