COP26 sources 80% of food from Scotland for its sustainable menus

  • Menus at the COP will be affordable and with a strong emphasis on sustainability
  • Eighty percent of the food served at the conference will be seasonal and comes from Scotland
  • Sustainable measures at the heart of the process

COP26 delegates will be served sustainable and local food at the upcoming climate summit in Glasgow, the UK confirmed today.

Overall, 95 percent of the food will come from the UK, much of Scotland, and will be in season. This will put sustainability at the heart of restoring the summit, reducing emissions and promoting environmentally friendly food production.

COP26 will serve as an example for other large-scale international events, in terms of food sourcing, by taking a number of measures to ensure a sustainable approach:

  • The ingredients will be reproduced in the conference menus to ensure that the products can be reused for other meals, if necessary, to avoid food waste.
  • The cups used to serve the drinks will be reusable and it is estimated that this approach will save up to 250,000 single-use cups.
  • Suppliers set high standards for sustainable food production, from Edinburgh Mara seaweed, which is abundant and fully sustainable and does not require fertilizer, fresh water or soil to grow, to carrots and potatoes Benzies who use wind turbines to power their cool storage, biomass to heat themselves and actively recycle the water they use.

In keeping with the international nature of COP26, we will be using Scottish produce to deliver an internationally inspired menu. There will even be a Scottish fusion to some international dishes like ‘Scottish beef ramen’.

COP26 President-designate Alok Sharma said:

“There will be a tremendous amount of work to do at COP26, with many hours of negotiations and long days, so the choice of food we serve to our visiting delegations, our staff and all of our volunteers, is very important.

“It is fascinating to see such innovation in the menus that will be offered and to understand the thinking and efforts made to prepare dishes that are at the same time healthy, sustainable and adapted to different diets and requirements.

“We look forward to giving our international visitors a taste of the diverse cuisine the UK has to offer. “

Kevin Watson, Commercial Director, SEC Food, said:

“We have worked hard to create low carbon menus accessible to everyone. We hope our sustainable food strategy will shape the menus of the future as we all work to protect our planet. In addition to providing tasty and nutritious food, our menus focus on local and seasonal sourcing, with a plant-based approach. We were delighted to present and work with so many local Scottish suppliers and our teams are looking forward to supporting the event. “


Note for editors:

  • The UK will host the 26th United Nations Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP26) in Glasgow from October 31 to November 12, 2021.

  • The COP26 summit will bring together the parties to accelerate action towards the objectives of the Paris Agreement and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

  • The UK is committed to working with all countries and joining forces with civil society, businesses and people on the front lines of climate change to inspire climate action ahead of COP26.

  • The ISO 20121 Event Sustainability Management System is an international standard that defines the requirements for establishing, maintaining and continuously improving an Event Sustainability Management System (SEMS).

  • Our approach is guided by 7 guiding principles of sustainability; actively manage the potential impacts on the environment and the local community and identify opportunities to deliver environmental and social value, provide an accessible and inclusive environment for all, encourage a healthy lifestyle, ensure a safe and secure atmosphere, encourage more sustainable behavior, promoting the use of sources and the responsible use of resources throughout the supply chain, and leaving a positive legacy.

  • The UNFCCC (UN Climate Change) secretariat is the United Nations body responsible for supporting the global response to the threat of climate change. UNFCCC stands for United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The Convention has near universal membership (197 Parties) and is the parent treaty of the 2015 Paris Agreement. The main objective of the Paris Agreement is to keep the increase in global average temperature this century so close. as possible 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The UNFCCC is also the parent treaty of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol.

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