The menu served up at this year’s U.N. climate summit in Glasgow was criticized by some activists who pointed to at least one item that had a significantly larger carbon footprint than the average meal in the U.K.
“Meat and fish on the menu at #COP26?!” Joel Scott-Halkes is a climate activist who founded wildcard.land. This is like distributing cigarettes at a conference on lung cancer. We can only solve the climate crisis if we recognize that animal agriculture is a central part of it. “
Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, U.S. President Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson chat as they attend an evening reception to mark the opening day of the COP26 summit at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) on Nov. 1, 2021, in Glasgow. Photo by Alberto Pezzali/Getty Images
The Hill reported that COP26 released the menu online for all to see and showcased the carbon impact. One item on the website, the haggis, had twice the carbon footprint as the average British meal. The report stated that there was an additional menu with burgers, half of which were about as carbon-intensive as the haggis.
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales speaks with Leonardo DiCaprio as he views a fashion installation by designer Stella McCartney, at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, during the COP6 summit being held at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) on Nov. 3, 2021, in Glasgow. Photo by Owen Humphreys/Getty Images
The menu pointed out that 95% of the food that was served was locally sourced and seasonal.
“Many of our suppliers are based within 100 miles of Glasgow, which supports our aspirations of delivering a lower carbon menu,” the menu read. About 40% of the options were plant-based and “plant-forward alternatives. “
According to menu organizers, the average British meal has a carbon footprint around 1.7kg.
“According to the WWF, we need to get this number down below 0.5 kg CO2e to reach the goals defined in the Paris Agreement,” the menu said. We aim to help you achieve your goal by including climate labels in our menus. “
The vast majority of the items in this menu met or exceeded that goal.