Chief Scientific Officer at Foodvisor
Can you tell us about Foodvisor?
It's been 6 years since we created Foodvisor. First of all, it's a mobile application that offers a nutritional guide to our users. In fact, it allows them to follow their diet and reach their goals with the most personalized programs possible. In particular, we allow the user to enter very simply and very easily what he consumes by taking a photo of his meal. Then, we analyze the photo he has just taken with algorithms that we have developed ourselves, which allow us to recognize each food in the photo, to estimate the quantities. So, from a single photo, we get the nutritional information of what we are eating.
What motivated your commitment to Foodvisor? What motivated you to commit to a low carbon strategy?
It mainly came from the personal conviction of the founders, where personally we were several to already follow our carbon impact. So as founders of the company, we thought it was interesting to see the impact we could have in our activity and in the company we created.
I heard a lot about it on the different social networks. It seemed to be the simplest and most automated solution, so it could give us a good first idea of our carbon impact. Their expertise on the carbon impact of digital technology also weighed in the balance, because we already had an idea that the impact of digital technology would be the main impact for Foodvisor.
Can you tell us what your first carbon footprint revealed?
As expected, our servers are the main cost in carbon footprint at Foodvisor. But also something that we didn't really think about, especially in terms of the scope: the fact that the use of our application by sending photos to our servers to be analyzed also had a significant impact on our carbon footprint.
What are the actions you will now try to put in place?
The first thing we're looking at is relocating our servers to France, to take advantage of France's rather low-carbon energy mix.
Also, in light of the carbon impact of sending photos, we're looking at reducing the size of the photos we send to our servers. Also, we are thinking about ways to stop sending the photo, but to deport the analysis directly to the terminals. Here again, we're working with Greenly to see to what extent this use of the terminal instead of servers would have a beneficial impact or not on our carbon footprint.