Category: Sustainability

The challenges for GESCASER in 2022

Portada_Los retos de 2022 para Gescaser
Portada_Los retos de 2022 para Gescaser

With December already here, it is time for GESCASER to review the strategies carried out throughout the year. 2021 is ending and as the tradition indicates, it is time to make balance, assess the actions that have worked, detect those that can be improved and define the objectives for 2022. Has it been a good year? Have we achieved the business objectives? 

In this balance, we go a little further and we go beyond the company’s accounting and innovation projects, so that we also review some of the actions carried out this year focusing on the most important value for Gescaser: the people.

What actions has Gescaser contributed to society in 2021?

This 2021 has still been a year marked by the COVID crisis. Therefore, the main challenge during the pandemic has been to preserve the health and safety of its employees by providing them with protective equipment and materials (masks, hydroalcoholic gel, antigen tests, etc.) and facilitating flexible working.

Furthermore, this year, at Gescaser we have proposed to contribute to local action projects. A decision that was reached by consensus among all workers to promote internal communication. In this sense, the entire team has received a Christmas batch of proximity products made by people at risk of exclusion from the El Pla Special Training Center (CET), a non-profit organization located in Almacelles.

In turn, at Gescaser we have also collaborated with the ‘Banc dels Aliments, an apolitical, non-denominational and non-profit foundation that fights against food poverty and combats food loss and waste. This Catalan entity has organized the ‘Gran Recapte’ since 2009, a mass food collection campaign. Since the beginning of the pandemic, it has assisted 267 thousand people in a precarious situation and estimates that it will need about 10 million euros to supply food that guarantees demand during 2022.

What are Gescaser’s challenges for 2022?

As a technological company with installations around the planet, one of the most important challenges is reducing our carbon footprint to curb climate change. How? The coronavirus crisis has shown us that we can offer equal quality of remote service without needing for long journeys. At Gescaser, we will continue to promote virtual encounters and meetings as much as possible.

Likewise, another internal objective is to promote the rule of the three Rs (reduce, recycle and reuse) and promote sustainability during the production and development of new products.

Finally, in the technological field, the goal for 2022 is to launch a more intuitive temperature control application (CTC+ software) following the steps of the current CTClite application (the iOS version will be available during the first half of next year), designed for smaller installations. Therefore, another goal for 2022 is to continue investing in research to enhance these new tools which will complete the versions of the existing CTC+.

Food loss and waste reduction

Cereal quemado dentro de silo
Cereal quemado dentro de silo

Food loss and waste reduction

A third of world produced food ends up in the garbage. According to FAO data (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations), around 14% of global food produced is lost between harvest and retail. In addition, around 11% of household food is wasted, 5% in food services and 2% in retail trade.

Really alarming data, right? 

It is clear that there is a problem and that our food systems must improve in order to be sustainable and resilient. 

Today, 29th September, the International Day of Awareness on Food Loss and Waste Reduction is celebrated, a symbolic date with a clear intention: to establish measures and to innovate to stop food waste. 



Aiming to reduce food loss, an environmental problem and a challenge for Gescaser

When food is lost or wasted, many of the resources used to produce it are also wasted, such as water, land, energy and labor. The loss of food has a negative effect on food security and it becomes a serious environmental problem (it is estimated that food waste is responsible for 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions).

For this reason, at Gescaser we face the challenge of reducing food loss and waste as an opportunity to work more ethically, efficiently and sustainably.

With our temperature control systems, at Gescaser we innovate daily to help preserve the quality of cereals and nuts, essential foods within the food chain, and stop the consequent decrease in prices that directly affects the economy of farmers and producers.

The role of the food industry and cereal manufacturers 

In order to reduce food waste, the food industry plays a key role and can contribute substantially by implementing and disseminating effective techniques and technology such as drying and subsequent monitoring of stored cereal.

 

In this sense, it is essential to improve processing technologies and conservation of cereals in developing regions. According to FAO studies, losses during processing are much higher in underdeveloped countries (between 14% and 21%) than in other more developed regions (<2%).

9 years to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 

With 9 years to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SGG), it is important to accelerate measures aimed at reducing food loss and waste to ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.

What can we do?

 Increasing the efficiency of our food systems and reducing food loss and waste requires investment in innovation, technologies and infrastructure. Only then, we will avoid the economic losses estimated at billion dollars, in addition to social and environmental costs.

Let’s work to “reduce, reuse and recycle” and, together, achieve a more sustainable consumption.