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Carbon Hydrates calculates the climate impact of the food you serve. Either through an analysis of the products you purchase or per dish on your menu. By using our analytics tool we transform your data to clear insights and tangible advice.

The story of world’s first climate friendly

Food Truck

By: The Flying Tomato

A while ago now, Mass’ Cheeseburger, a food truck from Boston, Massachusetts, reached out to Carbon Hydrates because they wanted to “go green”. Their passion for good taste, good health and sustainability resonated throughout their food. We helped Mass’ Cheeseburgers in their strategic choice to lower their CO2 footprint by making strategic purchasing choices. The remainder of CO2 was compensated with a carbon offsetting scheme. The result is the first carbon neutral food truck in Boston.

Cheeseburger Ingredients
  • 1.5 pounds beef chuck
  • 2 ounces cheddar cheese
  • 2 hamburger buns
  • 1/2 tbsp salt
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 4 slices tomato

Traditionally, the Mass’ Cheeseburger of cheese is placed on top of the meat patty, but the burger can include many variations in structure, ingredients, and composition. The cheese is normally added to the cooking hamburger patty shortly before serving, which allows the cheese to melt.

CO2 sources

The largest fraction of the greenhouse effect from Mass’ Cheeseburger’s beef production comes from the loss of CO2-absorbing trees, grasses, and other year-round plant cover on land where the feed crops are grown and harvested.

  • Feed Crops 40%
  • Greenhouse gas emissions from cattle and their wastes 32%
  • Fertilizer production for feed crops 14%
  • General Farm Production 14%

Step by Step Approach

Step 1: Data Collection

First of all, we identified Mass’ Cheeseburger’s available data. Mass’ Cheeseburger had both a list of products purchased and an Apple Payment overview of the products sold throughout the assessment period.

Step 2: Data Curation

The data set was curated to ensure data is reliably retrievable for future research purposes or reuse. The curated data set was feed stock for our Impact Assessment tool.

Step 3: Data Analysis

Our Impact Assessment Tool gives insight in products contribute the most, how Mass’ Cheeseburger scores compared to similar food trucks and burger restaurants and helps to measure their progress whilst implementing climate friendly measures.

Step 4: Transform the Core

At last, we helped Mass’ Cheeseburger with communicating the impact to stakeholders, setting up challenges for their customers, developing a climate friendly purchasing strategy and to start compensating through a CO2 compensation scheme.