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25 January 2016  

Eco-innovative office catering services: market engagement event

INNOCAT partner Envipark will be hosting a market engagement event in Turin (Italy) on Thursday 11 February as part of the upcoming tender for eco-innovative office catering services. The event follows the publication of a Prior Information Notice on October 6 2015 and a Market Sounding Prospectus, which was made available in English and Italian.

Following a full review of its in-house canteen in 2015, lead buyer Arpa Piemonte has identified two priority areas to be considered in the tender: waste reduction and energy saving through the procurement of more energy efficient catering equipment. These will provide both financial benefits and impact in terms of improved sustainability.

The market engagement event is open to all interested suppliers as well as potential buyers and others interesting in learning what is currently available on the market in terms of sustainable catering solutions.

For more information, read the agenda

19 January 2016  

Guidance on energy efficient kitchen equipment published in Finnish

INNOCAT partner Motiva has published new guidance to help guide procurement of commercial kitchen equipment. The purpose of the professional kitchen guide is to provide information on how to choose energy efficient and environmental friendly professional kitchen equipment.

The Guide includes environmental criteria for most common dishwasher and refrigeration device types. According to Motiva, dishwashing is responsible about 80% of the water used in the kitchen and about 40% of electricity consumption, so ensuring that caterers purchase the most efficient equipment possible can have a significant impact on the water and carbon footprint of food preparation.

Motiva aims to continuously update the Guide, adding information about more efficient models as they appear on the market.

For more information, download the professional kitchen guide.

11 January 2016  

Livestock production responsible for 80% of EU emissions

A recently published EU-funded report has found that livestock production is responsible for approximately 80% of the impact of EU agriculture on climate change, air pollution and biodiversity loss. The report’s authors discovered that while agricultural activities are a major source of pollutants and land use change, livestock production systems dominate the environmental consequences.

Livestock production systems currently 180 million hectares of the land surface of the European Union, equivalent to 65% of all agricultural land in the EU. According to the study, published in Environmental Research Letters in November 2015, livestock production has been responsible for 80% of the total emissions of ammonia and NOx resulting from agriculture, contributing to the formation of particulate matter and tropospheric ozone which has a detrimental impact on air quality.

This figure of 80% includes emissions caused by agriculture in other sectors or occurring outside of the EU territory, such as feed imports and transport, with 10% of the emissions arising as a result of feed imports, and emissions from land-use change, which the authors discovered makes up for as much as 39% of total emissions. According to the study, livestock is also responsible for 76% of terrestrial biodiversity loss caused by agriculture, which can primarily be attributed to feed production.

The reports’ authors conclude that in order to address the negative environmental impacts of livestock production a combination of technical measures need to taken in order to reduce emissions, the current intensity of land-use, and demand side measures need to be taken to reduce food waste and change dietary habits.

For more information, download the report.