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16 June 2015  

Sweden includes environmental concerns in official dietary guidelines

Sweden’s recently launched dietary guidelines are concerned not just for human health but with the health of the planet. Each section includes advice on which food choices have the highest and lowest negative environmental impacts, as well as information on eco-labels and environmentally friendly alternatives.

These guidelines are in line with Swedish environmental policy, which aims “to hand over to the next generation a society in which the major environmental problems are resolved, without causing increased environmental and health problems outside Sweden.” They have been broadly welcomed, with some organisations requesting that they go further and look into alternatives for dairy products.

The Swedish guidelines are part of a recent trend to view sustainability and healthy eating as inter-related aspects of our food culture. Other countries that have commissioned reports to look into sustainable diets include Germany, the Netherlands, the UK, Australia and Brazil.

For more information, read Elin Röös’s blog article on the new guidelines.

10 June 2015  

Sustainable school catering report – your feedback please

Procurement of school catering services is an issue that affects families across Europe and has significant environmental and social impacts. As part of the INNOCAT project, we have prepared a report looking at the difficulties faced by European schools and local authorities as they try to procure healthy, sustainable and low-carbon school meals.

The report is structured around a brief overview of the key problem areas which local authorities looking to procure more sustainable catering services find themselves faced with. It draws together inspirational examples of local authorities using innovative approaches and engaging with suppliers to embed sustainability at the heart of school catering. From carbon monitoring schemes at city level to waste sorting tables in school canteens, the range of eco-innovative solutions already being implemented is both impressive and thought-provoking.

A complete first draft of the report is now ready and we would love to hear your feedback. Five very quick questions are included at the end of the report to help guide your responses. Please let us know your thoughts and comments by emailing before Friday 3 July.

For more information, please read the INNOCAT school catering report.

1 June 2015  

INNOCAT City Interest Group delves into sustainable school catering

School catering is a hot topic in cities across Europe. It is responsible for a large percentage of public expenditure and is close to the heart of most citizens, as it affects the diet of their children. Catering is not just important for environmental and health reasons, but can also have a direct social impact through the creation of jobs and the promotion of small and medium sized enterprises.

The City Interest Group on sustainable school catering has been set up to enable cities to share their experiences on the topic and work towards achieving their sustainability goals. The group, which has been set up as part of the INNOCAT project, brings together the cities of Copenhagen, Malmö, Helsinki and Ghent and INNOCAT partner Turin. In a series of webinars and face to face meetings, these cities discuss their achievements, goals and the challenges they face as they strive to procure sustainable catering services.

To learn more about the group members and their activities, visit the City Interest Group page.