Why join Cool Food?

Food accounts for around a fifth of our carbon footprint. By making small changes, we can make big reductions and help to slow down the rate of climate change.

The Cool Food revolution aims to help at least 1,300 households in the UK and France to make a 20% reduction in their carbon emissions over the course of two years. This could save a massive 153 tonnes of CO2 emissions. That’s the same amount of carbon it would take to drive to moon and back!

Better still, it could save people money too. In the UK, households throw away an average of £585 every year by wasting food. In France, this equates to around 400€ a year. However, by helping people to reduce their carbon emissions, Cool Food could save households an average of £450 each year.



How can we reduce carbon?

Did you know that the average vegetarian meal has around half the carbon of a meal containing meat?

We’re encouraging people to make common-sense changes, including buying local food, preventing food-waste, and reducing the consumption of animal products.

How does it work?

Cool Food takes an integrated, innovative approach by:

  • Incorporating a calculation of the impact of the carbon and financial savings of individual and collective Cool Food actions
  • Assessing the potential gains and real gains of simple, concrete commitments to Cool Food actions made on a daily basis
  • Offering personalized monitoring of household progress in reducing their food-carbon impact
  • Responding to a growing demand for data from communities and institutions



About the project

Cool Food is a Franco-British project created under the INTERREG FRANCE (CHANNEL) ENGLAND PROGRAMME to support the transition to a low-carbon economy. It specifically addresses the development and adoption of new or existing low-carbon technologies in sectors with the highest potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The project is € 391,754 co-financed by ERDF.

The project has three objectives:

  • Development of a numerical tool to quantify the carbon and financial benefits of the food commitments made by 1,300 households
  • Implementation of a transfer kit to support and enable Cool Food ambassadors to use the tool and promote the Cool Food approach to their own audiences
  • Creation of a CrossChannel Committee to exchange good practice and expertise, deploy the tool and ensure its sustainability beyond the project.

The partnership draws on the complementary skills and resources of three principal partners: Al’Terre Breizh, PECT & Cornwall Food Foundation.

They are supported by three associated partners (InterBio Normandie), le Collectif des Festivals Engagés, Brighton & Hove Food Partnership. Together the partners combine sectoral expertise (food, environment and carbon), local knowledge and unique regional audiences and engaged communities.

COOL FOOD is a Franco-British project created under the INTERREG FRANCE (CHANNEL) ENGLAND Programme.
It supports the transition to a low-carbon economy in the food sector.