Koppert Cress is the first food, CO2-neutral company restaurant in the Netherlands
About this company
By: Tomas Partsch
Koppert Cress wants to be the first in the Netherlands with a food CO2-neutral company restaurant. Of course, first of all, it needs to be clear what the CO2 emissions of the Rob & Bob cooperation concept from Koppert Cress and Hutten are now. That is why GiantLeaps has commissioned Hutten and Koppert Cress to calculate the climate impact of the company restaurant run by Hutten in 2017. The result: the restaurant emits 43.4 tons of CO2. This is equivalent to 5 ¼ around the earth in an average petrol car! By purchasing even more vegetable, seasonal and local, reducing waste and using compensation through, for example, planting trees, Rob & Bob will be the first food-neutral restaurant in the Netherlands!
After the opening in 2016, Rob Baan, CEO of Koppert Cress, already expressed the ambition to set up the most healthy company restaurant in the Netherlands. From the first day, Rob&Bob makes full use of this. For example, it is responsibly sourced and cooked according to the guidelines of Dutch Cuisine. The impact on the climate also plays a major role from the outset. For example, the emphasis is on vegetable products: about 73% of the purchases are plant based, the largest part of which is vegetables. Also everything is seasonal and locally purchased.
More climate-conscious purchasing
Research shows that despite the emphasis on plant products, the animal products together cause more than half of the climate impact (56.7%) at the Koppert Cress restaurant. An improvement can still be made there, for example by looking at the type of meat purchased (beef has a greater climate impact than poultry). Because climate-neutral purchasing is not possible, Koppert Cress will compensate for its full emissions. They will do this by planting 135 trees.
Measuring the climate impact of food
Greenhouse gases are released in the food production chain. And some products release more than others. What you choose to eat has a big impact on the amount of greenhouse gases that are hidden behind your plate. The global food industry is responsible for more than 1/3 of the greenhouse gases emitted. Due to the growing world population, this industry will only increase and play an even greater role in climate change. To measure the climate impact, we used the most commonly used method: the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). This involves looking at all stages of a product and adding up the effects on the environment that come with it. The climate impact is expressed in CO2 equivalent.
About the author
Tomas Partsch was born in Amsterdam in 1990. He studied chemical engineering in the Czech-Republic. After completing his studies in 2016, Partsch became a freelance journalist.