Economic growth and sustainability - all at once

As we enter 2022, we thought we share our thoughts on ESG -environmental, social, and governance. Is it possible to contribute to a more sustainable world and see economic growth, all at once? Yes! And that’s what our technology is contributing to.
 

OptiCept - Technology for a more sustainable world.

Many solutions for sustainability mean making compromises for example, on quality or by lower profit margins.

OptiCept’s technology is not such a solution – on the contrary, we increase sustainability as well as qualitative, reduced waste, reduced costs, and increased profit margins.

Increased prosperity while reducing the burden on our planet.

OptiCept Technologies AB’s mission is ultimately about sustainability. We provide the food and plant industry with technology solutions that contribute to a more sustainable world and enable economic growth in a climate-friendly way.

Again and again, history has shown us that it is technological developments that is the path moving forward

Technology and primary of the type that contributes to dematerialization – the ability to extract more from less/the same amount of raw material.  More efficient extraction processes also mean less pollution and emissions.

At OptiCept, we work continuously with all three main areas within ESG (Environmental, social and corporate governance), but it is within the environment that our technology makes a real difference to the outside world.

OptiCept - Our impact in short

Clear economic incentives

OptiCept contribute to improved extraction of raw material within the food and flower industry. This includes increased efficiency and/or market expansion. Economic incentives are very important to implement long-term sustainability.

Sustainability from multiple perspective's

OptiCepts technology reduces waste through dematerialization. Extends shelf-life which affects the transportation options. More efficient processes contribute to reduced energy consumption.

Health benefits and improved quality

We contribute to increasing nutritional values and thereby health-beneficial products and a more nutritious diet.

How we help our customer's increase sustainability

OptiCept’s technology is applicable in two industries – food and flower processing. We help players in these industries achieve the same results – ie. increased efficiency, reduced waste, and improved quality. How we influence differs slightly depending on the industry, standards, and the properties of the raw material. Our technology is a solution to problems and/or contributes to positive effects in primarily 4 main areas. 

 

Reduced wastage and waste

Waste from food makes up around 8% of the global greenhouse gases to which humans have contributed. Nearly 30% of the world's agricultural land - 1.4 billion hectares (!) Is used to grow products that are never consumed. Approximately 43 billion cut flowers are produced annually. It is estimated that 10-20% of this is waste. In other words, flowers that die or are so damaged that they cannot be sold.

Health and nutrition

OptiCept's technology enables the production of a more nutritious diet. With our technology, more nutrients can be extracted from the same amount of raw materials. We can also extend the shelf life while maintaining quality so that more people can enjoy the product. Research shows that plants and flowers in an indoor environment affect human's well-being and can contribute to better air.

Transportation

Flowers are mainly produced in South America and Africa. The consumption is primarily done in the US or Europe. A lot of transports are made via air freight. during Valentine's day alone, approximately 360 000 tons of carbon dioxide is produced from flower transports. This equals the emissions from 78 000 cars during a year. The flowers are then often transported by refrigerated trucks who emit about 25% more than regular trucks.

Reduced resource consumption

Growing flowers requires a large amount of water and also during transport, water consumption is high. In the food industry, many manufacturing processes require high energy consumption.

OptiCepts part in the life-cycle analysis

A life-cycle assessment is a method for creating an overall picture of the total environmental impact during a product’s life cycle from raw material extraction, manufacturing process, use to waste management. This also includes all transport and energy consumption in the intermediate stage.

OptiCept - Influence on the food industry

RAW MATERIAL EXTRACTION

Our technology indirectly contributes to improved raw material extraction. The benefits can be seen in the manufacturing process, where more can be extracted from the same / less amount of raw material - dematerialization.

MANUFACTURING

OptiCept's primary impact occurs during the manufacturing process. By applying our technology, the process is streamlined, shorter processing time means less energy consumption. We also enable increased extraction from the same / less raw material.

TRANSPORTS

By extending the shelf-life, less frequent transports are required. It is then also possible to choose means of transport with less environmental impact.

USE

OptiCepts applies a gentle treatment with pulsating electric fields (PEF). This means that more vitamins, antioxidants and other important nutrients are retained. In the end, a much healthier product and also improved taste, color and aroma.

RECYCLING/WASTE MANAGEMENT

By optimizing OptiCept's technology, we naturally reduce waste and wastage. Extended shelf-life is of course also a contributing factor.

OptiCept - Influence on the flower industry

RAW MATERIAL EXTRACTION

OptiCept's technology can contribute to reduced water consumption for growers. In addition, we improve rooting, which means that less pesticides need to be used.

MANUFACTURING

By strengthening the flower's vitality, less water consumption is also required during the manufacturing process.

TRANSPORTS

When it comes to transportation, OptiCept's technology makes a huge difference. Until now, a large proportion of flowers is transported by air, with our technology we enable transport via other alternatives. We can reduce the need for water during transport depending on where we apply our treatment.

USE

The end customer is reached by a product of higher quality with an increased lifetime of an average of 50%.

RECYCLING/WASTE MANAGEMENT

More vigorous flowers with longer lifetime contribute to reduced wastage.

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