Confex member Freemans Event Partners is offering its customers carbon footprint information about the food and drink they choose to purchase.
In partnership with sustainability start up Klimato, Freemans will be offering the service at a number of sporting events, including the Six Nations, the FA Cup Final and the Cheltenham Gold Cup,
The deal will allow carbon labelling information to be placed on menus provided by Freemans Event Partners at venues including Wembley Stadium, Lord’s Cricket Ground and Twickenham Stadium.
The Klimato tool enables calculation of the carbon emissions created by each menu item that Freemans Event Partners provides. This will allow the guests be able to clearly see the carbon impact of the food and drink they choose.
The carbon impact of food is measured in kg of CO2e, a standard unit for measuring greenhouse gas emissions. For example, a typical beef burger might score 4.0kg CO2e, while a portion of fish and chips might score 1.8kg CO2e and a vegan falafel salad might score 0.4kg CO2e.
At the same time, Freemans Event Partners is undertaking a full review of its menus in order to update any existing recipes that score highly, where possible switching out certain ingredients or cooking methods to a more sustainable alternative. This will ensure as many dishes as possible have a low score and reduce the overall carbon footprint of the food and beverage offer at any event.
Simon Hanna, chief operations officer at Freemans Event Partners, said: “More and more consumers are interested in making sustainable food and drink choices and this new partnership with Klimato will enable them to do that just as easily when at some of the UK’s biggest events, as when they are at home.
“The technology means we can also look to optimise every dish on our menu to ensure it has the lowest carbon impact possible without losing any of the great taste and quality we are known for. Watch this space, there will be more to come.”
Carbon labelling across Freemans Event Partners’ network will be going live early this year, meaning guests can expect to see full information on menu items for the busy Spring and Summer sporting events calendar.