Business Bureau :
THE Tea Research Association (TRA) has initiated a collaborative study to assess the carbon footprint of the industry, an official said.
Speaking at the 59th Annual General Meeting of TRA, its chairperson Nayantara Palchoudhuri said a committee has been formed by the Tea Board of India to learn the outcomes of the study, and discuss and formulate policies on achieving net zero goals for the industry. She also urged the FSSAI or the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India to devise a rating system for tea in the country.
“As the world is fast adapting to live with the reality of climate change, the issue of carbon offsetting has become important for all countries and industries. For a low-carbon industry like tea, there is much scope for earning carbon credits,” she said.
“However, there was no systematic study on the subject. TRA has taken up a collaborative study on life cycle assessment of tea plantations and the factories to scientifically find out the carbon footprint of the industry,” she said at the programme on Saturday night.
Once the study is done by the end of next year, TRA can plan future strategies to tackle issues relating to carbon offsetting, she said. “We proposed to the Tea Board of India to form a committee to discuss and formulate policies on achieving the net zero goal for the tea industry. Tea Board immediately accepted the proposal and formed the panel in July by drawing people from all segments of the industry,” Palchoudhuri claimed.
The Tea Board could not be reached immediately for comment. Joydeep Phukan, the convenor of the net zero committee, told PTI, “It has been formed to review the carbon footprint of the industry and align it with India’s goal by employing various climate-friendly initiatives.”