Carbon emissions: It's time to take action
The carbon foodprint?
The stats are stark. One-third of global greenhouse gas emissions come from food-systems, with the footprint from animal products alone making up well over 50% of the industry’s global carbon emissions. It’s really quite simple: choose food that produces less carbon emissions as a step in the right direction to prevent climate change.
The livestock sector generates around 16.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
Well over half of all food-related emissions come directly from animal products.
Global livestock agriculture uses 77% of agricultural land.
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and The European Commission use a formula called a ‘carbon dioxide equivalent’ (CO2e) to measure a product’s footprint. Here are the CO2e emissions per kg of some UK protein sources.
UK Beef Mince
32kg CO2e per kg
5kg CO2e per kg
11kg CO2e per kg
1kg CO2e per kg
0.7kg CO2e per kg
A step in the right direction
At Quorn®, we’re proud to say we are the first global meat-free brand to have the carbon footprint of our products third-party accredited. Our in-house carbon foot-printing experts do the maths and calculate the emissions of our products. The data is then checked and accredited by the Carbon Trust, so you can be clear on the numbers, when you are choosing what to eat. Where you see one of our products has been certified by the Carbon Trust, it means we’ve not only measured the footprint of the product, but that we’ve also committed to continue to reduce its carbon footprint. So over time, as you enjoy Quorn meals, they will help you reduce your carbon footprint.
Carbon calculation for Quorn Mince, 300g Frozen
CO2e = carbon dioxide equivalent
kg CO2e (Per serving)
Our products are all measured per kilogram and per serving from farm to fork, showing the carbon footprint of the whole product’s lifecycle
Calculating carbon: doing the sums on CO2 emissions
The Quorn Foods sustainability team works closely with the Carbon Trust to examine the entire lifecycle of our products. From the ingredients we use, to the energy in our factories, transportation and even the packaging you take home with you – right through to emissions related to home storage and cooking, it’s all factored in. We do this to show you our own numbers, and we encourage you to ask other food producers to do the same.
You’ll start to see this logo on our most popular products
It never hurts to ask
At Quorn, our goal is to be transparent and clear about our carbon footprint. You’ll find the answers to our most commonly-asked questions below, but if you want to know more, just get in touch!See all FAQs
We have already made calculations for 60% of our products per sales volume, but we will not stay there. We will add more products to the carbon footprint list.
A product carbon footprint is a way of measuring, managing and communicating the greenhouse gas emissions related to goods and services. For Quorn products we take a 'farm to fork' approach - this would include ingredients, manufacturing, packaging, transport, retail, consumer use and end-of-life treatment. Our first product carbon footprints - for our best-selling frozen products Quorn Mince and Pieces - were completed in 2012 and certified by the Carbon Trust. To find out more about carbon footprints click here.
The Carbon Trust is an independent, expert partner of leading organisations around the world, helping them contribute to and benefit from a more sustainable future. We have chosen to partner with the Carbon Trust since 2012 to analyse and certify our work on product carbon footprinting. You can find out more about them on their website.
You can find out the carbon footprint of Quorn products here.
Our sustainability team collaborates with colleagues throughout our supply chain to calculate and secure carbon footprints throughout the product life cycle. We do our utmost and since 2012 have a partnership with Carbon Trust to analyze and certify our work to ensure carbon footprints for our products. Carbon Trust is an independent third party expert partner of leading organizations worldwide. With our collaboration, we can contribute to a more sustainable future that everyone benefits from. You can find more information about Carbon Trust on their website.
Carbon Trust is an independent third-party expert partner consisting of leading organizations worldwide. With our collaboration, we can contribute to a more sustainable future that everyone benefits from. Since 2012, we have collaborated with the Carbon Trust to analyze and certify our work to calculate carbon footprints for our products. You can find more information about Carbon Trust on their website.
Our sustainability team works with colleagues across our supply chain, suppliers and co-manufacturers to calculate carbon emissions released at each stage of a product's lifecycle. We then go the extra mile and have partnered with the Carbon Trust since 2012 to analyse and certify our work on product carbon foot printing. The Carbon Trust is an independent, expert third-party partner of leading organisations around the world, helping them contribute to and benefit from a more sustainable future. You can find out more about them on their website.
Net Positive Report
Want to know more about all the exciting developments and innovations helping to make Quorn even more sustainable? Read more on our sustainability page or download our latest Net Positive Report.Find out more