The Food Marketing Institute (FMI), a company that conducts programs in food safety, education and industry relations on behalf of its member companies, has introduced a carbon calculator for its members developed by Verisae, a provider of Sustainability Resource Planning (SRP).

Using the FMI carbon calculator, retailers can measure their company’s carbon footprint, establish a baseline, and learn the potential savings if they institute programs to reduce energy use and emissions. It will help retailers set goals and measure progress using the calculator, the company claimed.

FMI’s sustainability task force, composed of 26 member company, worked with Verisae to make this tool available to the industry at no cost. Verisae will demonstrate the calculator as an exhibitor in the Technology Pavilion at FMI 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Leslie Sarasin, president and CEO of FMI, said: “This extremely useful resource will help retailers learn their company’s impact on the environment and measure progress as they implement sustainability programs. We appreciate Verisae providing this calculator at a time when the industry is focusing intensely on these issues.”

Paul Hepperla, vice president of product strategy at Verisae, said: “By offering FMI the carbon calculator, it’s our goal to support the grocery retail industry. We think these emissions baselines will allow organizations to take steps necessary to improve.

”We think this will awaken many companies to their carbon journey and put them on a path to improve many areas of their business.”

The calculator is available free on FMI’s website, accessible only to members.