How much CO2e can a meal emit to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement?

Debbie van Rijk November 29, 2021

The food we eat accounts for about 28% of global CO2e emissions.

Each stage of the food production process – cultivation, farming, processing and transportation – contribute to various greenhouse gas emissions, collectively referred to as the carbon footprint of a food product.

The carbon footprint of foods can vary greatly depending on type of food product, production method and energy mix in the country of production. To reduce the climate impact from food, we need to shift our diets to include less carbon heavy food products. 

Klimato used climate data from lifecycle assessments to calculate the carbon footprint of meals served during the COP26. The Klimato climate label indicates whether a dish has a Low, Medium or High carbon footprint.

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