Project Portfolio

University-wide catering - carbon and land use footprint calculation

Forward Food greenhouse gas assessments

Effects of carbon labelling on the sale of sandwiches and cafeteria meals

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If you have a favorite dish that you always crave for, it’s more interesting to know how it was prep
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The Foodsteps team supported Anya in her role working for a University-wide catering service, where she assessed the business's Sustainable Food Policy in terms of its impact on carbon emissions and land use of food between 2015-2018. The project covered thousands of food items and orders, and was, as far as we are aware, the most extensive analysis of its kind in the UK.

Foodsteps is proud to be supporting Forward Food and the Humane Society UK in their ambition to reduce the carbon footprint of food served at institutions across the UK. We are providing the back-end calculations for their greenhouse gas assessments. Through this role, we have had the privilege of providing calculations for a number of university cafeterias within the UK.

We are supporting a PhD researcher at the University of Cambridge investigating the effects of carbon labels on the sale of different cafe sandwiches and cafeteria meals. We are helping to explore which types of labels are the most informative for customers, and whether this impacts their choice of food.

Public Sector Catering - 20% Less Meat

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We were commissioned by Public Sector Catering, through their partnership with HSI UK, to look at the carbon footprint impact of reducing meat consumption by 20% across public sector catering in the UK. Our results showed that 208,000 metric tonnes of CO2 could be saved each year, equivalent to taking 128,000 cars off the road. See


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Better Business

Food sustainability is among the most cost-effective ways for businesses to reduce their footprint. It makes good business sense to track the environmental footprint of food items: our previous work has shown that businesses can save money by serving more sustainable food.