Siemens SiGreen solution track carbon footprints in SA’s food manufacturing industry

Dr. Susan Close - Deputy Premier, South Australia and Peter Halliday - CEO, Siemens Australia and New Zealand. Image credit: Siemens

Global technology company Siemens is looking for a South Australia-based food and beverage (F&B) company that will pilot trial SiGreen, an emission-tracking and management solution for product carbon footprints (PCF). 

The tool developed by Siemens is designed to enable companies to track and manage PCF across their supply chain while maintaining full data sovereignty. 

South Australian Deputy Premier Susan Close welcomed the pilot program, noting the importance of backing SA’s strong-performing food manufacturing sector towards establishing future economic and environmental sustainability. 

The company that will participate in the pilot program will have access to unparalleled opportunities that will enable it to engage with its supply chain on a product level and quantify the carbon footprint of individual components and suppliers, Siemens said in a media release

SiGreen will also serve as a replacement for highly manual processes, exchange emission data along the supply chain, and combine it with data from the company’s own value creation to obtain a product’s true carbon footprint. 

SiGreen leverages innovative technologies like industrial peripheral computing, making it possible to exchange emission data along the supply chain, from sourcing raw materials, and packaging, all the way to consumers

The pilot testing will be administered by Food South Australia, the state’s peak industry body for the sector. 

“One of the recommendations from the South Australia Food and Beverage 5-year Export Strategy was to implement a recognised food and beverage environmental sustainability accreditation system. We know our industry needs to understand and be ready to meet the global demands of environmental sustainability and we’re pleased that Siemens has chosen South Australia to pilot this important technology,” said Peter Halliday, CEO of Siemens Austalia and New Zealand. 

Food SA CEO Catherine Sayer commended Siemens’ latest initiative, saying it would play a pivotal role in shaping the discussions around net zero in the food manufacturing industry. 

“This pilot will not only give a company the opportunity to obtain a product’s true carbon footprint in each manufacturing process and support companies in tracking their product carbon footprint but also help validate current and future emissions against their set goals,” Sayer said. 

“The F&B sector in South Australia is worth over $11 billion – and we are working towards getting the right systems in place to make it more sustainable for future generations,” the CEO added.