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Did you know that food production accounts for nearly a quarter of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions?

Not all foods have equal impacts, though. Helping more people shift away from meat-centered and toward more plant-forward diets can have tremendous benefits for forests, freshwater, and the climate.

Sources:  Searchinger et al. (2018), Science Based Targets Initiative (2017).

Sources: Searchinger et al. (2018), Science Based Targets Initiative (2017).

What’s Involved

Cool Food Pledge signatories commit to a target of reducing the GHG emissions associated with the food they provide by 25% by 2030 relative to 2015 - a level of ambition in line with achieving the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.

The Details

Pledge signatories confidentially report food purchase amounts by weight (kg or pounds) each year. Data are required on all animal-based foods (meats, dairy, eggs, fish), as well as plant proteins (grains, legumes), which collectively tend to make up 80-90 percent of a signatory’s food-related GHG emissions. Submitting data on other plant-based foods (e.g., produce, vegetable oils, added sugars) is optional but encouraged.

Each signatory receives an annual report showing GHG emissions by food type, trends year-over-year, and comparison to the group’s overall performance.

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Why Take the Pledge

Signing onto the Cool Food Pledge helps your organization hit a number of goals, including:

* Engaging your employees and visitors in your sustainability efforts

* Meeting your employees’ and visitors’ evolving dietary preferences and needs

* Reducing your supply chain (“Scope 3”) GHG emissions, and

* Building your reputation as leader in a growing movement with a major impact on the sustainability of food supply chains and the climate.