More people have been turning to home cooking over the last few months as countries across the world went into lockdown due to COVID-19. Although restaurants and cafes are open with social distancing measures in place, some people may not feel comfortable going out for food still and will continue to cook meals at home where they feel safe.
One thing to note during the course of lockdown is that carbon emissions seems to have dropped as more people have been staying home. This highlights what we need to do in order to lower emissions overall.
This got Viessmann thinking about the levels of CO2e produced by cooking meals at home, and they have created a new campaign which looks at popular British meals and the CO2e numbers produced with each one.
How much CO2e did each meal produce?
The four meals included as part of this campaign were spaghetti bolognese, fish and chips, a roast dinner and a full English breakfast. Each meal was based on four servings and looked at the carbon footprint of each ingredient used in the dishes and the method used to cook them in order to calculate the CO2e.
The meal which produced the most CO2e was a roast dinner based on a traditional roast beef and Yorkshire pudding combination with vegetables, producing 28,014.28g CO2e. This was 24,399.21g more CO2e than fish and chips, which was the meal that produced the lowest levels.
The second highest CO2e producing meal was spaghetti bolognese producing 15,790.64g CO2e, and a full English breakfast consisting of all the fry-up favourites produced 5,747.43g. While some of these meals produce much less CO2e, there are ways you can cut these levels down by looking into low carbon recipes.
How can you reduce your food carbon footprint?
There are simple steps you can take in order to cut down on your food carbon footprint. You could start by reducing the amount of meat and dairy in your diet. Or you can substitute some ingredients such as switching beef to chicken as the CO2e is much less.
Another way to reduce your carbon footprint when it comes to food is by buying locally and planning your meals in advance to avoid wasting food. These are just some of the ways you can make small changes to your diet and food habits.