Climate change

The secrets to sustainable coffee pods

Ever-popular and super convenient, pods remain the coffee of choice for many businesses. But are those delicious, crema-topped brews sustainable?  Traditional coffee pods are certainly burdened with numerous concerns, including the exploitation of farmers, deforestation and plastic waste. But where there’s a will, there’s a way – and Pact Coffee’s pods come with an eco-friendly …

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Are you serving one of London’s most climate friendly dishes

By Abi Englefield, One Planet Plate campaign manager This summer the capital’s set to celebrate London Climate Action Week (LCAW) and we want to help seven million Londoners use the power of their appetites wisely and need chefs to satisfy them. LCAW is the focal point for everyone working to lead the fight about against …

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IPCC Third Report: Key headlines and takeaways for the food sector

BY EMMA CARROLL-MONTEIL, SUSTAINABLE RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION Last week the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published their third working group report Climate Change 2022: Mitigation of Climate Change. The three IPCC reports can be (very) briefly summarised as:   IPCC I: What’s causing climate change?   IPCC II: How bad is it?   IPCC III: What are we going to …

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How canteens captivated customers to cut carbon and eat more healthily

By Emily Shankar, Project Manager, Sustainable Restaurant Association Sustainable Diets There is a general rule of thumb that foods that are good for our health and wellbeing are the same foods that are good for the planet. Lower impact foods are also the foods that are recommended to make up the bulk of our diets …

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How foodservice is facing up to the food waste challenge

By Tom Tanner, Sustainable Restaurant Association With food costs soaring, food poverty on the rise and the climate impact of wasted food now accounting for 10% of all greenhouse gas emissions, the economic, social and environmental case for driving down food waste has never been greater. Worryingly, WRAP reported that food waste in hospitality and …

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Want a better food future? Choose a One Planet Plate

By Abigail Englefield, One Planet Plate Project Manager Now, more than ever what we eat and where we get our food matters. Whether we are reducing our carbon footprint, protecting depleted fish stocks, supporting local businesses or eating seasonal produce or clamping down on food waste. Food presents us with multiple ways to make a …

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In response to the 2022 IPCC Report – what you can do

By Emma Carroll-Monteil, Sustainable Restaurant Association In 2021 the IPCC (International Panel on Climate Change) published the Working Group I Report – also appropriately referred to as ‘code red for humanity’. The Working Group I (WGI) analysed the physical climate system and updated us on where we are at now in relation to climate change. …

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Mix up your meat-free menus to cash in on flexitarian behaviour change

By Tom Tanner, Sustainable Restaurant Association Eating less meat is now a behaviour, not a trend. That’s the firm view of Phil Thornborrow, Foodservice Director at Quorn. And it’s hard to argue with Paul, when you review the findings of a recent survey conducted on Quorn’s behalf to dig deeper into the attitudes of self-confessed …

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Exchange waste water for cash and carbon savings

By Isabel Schestak, Post-doctoral researcher, Bangor University Commercial kitchens in the UK hospitality and food service sector consume more energy for the preparation of meals than cooking in domestic kitchens. However, they can also play a vital role in climate change mitigation. The heat in the drain water of commercial kitchens is a valuable source …

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2021 – A year in review

By Juliane Caillouette-Noble 2021- a roller coaster of a year. One that started in lockdown, and seems to be teetering on the edge of ending right where we started. A year where so many poured their hearts into making their business survive – thrive even! – despite the most challenging of circumstances. And though the industry again finds itself knee deep …

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