SU-EATABLE LIFE Project

SU-EATABLE LIFE Project

The EU food chain is carbon-intensive, accounting for about 30% of CO2 European emissions, and it is intensive also in terms of water use.
The three-year SU-EATABLE LIFE project aims to demonstrate the potential of reducing CO2 eq. emissions and water use related to food consumption in Europe through the adoption of healthy and more sustainable diets. As part of the project, a series of engagement activities will be carried out at university and company canteens located in Italy and UK, using a dedicated digital platform to involve people. The project aims to show that it is possible to engage EU citizens to adopt a sustainable and healthy diet, with benefits for their personal health and for the environment as well, leading to a saving of about 5,300 tons of CO2 eq. and about 2 million cubic metres of water within the three years of the project.
Considering the entire European population and adopting a medium-to-long term perspective, this approach could significantly contribute to reach the EU target of achieving a 40% reduction in CO2 by 2030. The project has the ambition to involve different stakeholders, such as schools, universities, municipalities, private companies, NGOs as well as the public at large.

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The SU-EATABLE LIFE project has received funding from the EU LIFE program

LIFE is the EU financial instrument supporting environmental and climate action projects throughout the EU. Since 1992, LIFE has co-financed more than 4,500 projects. For the 2014-2020 funding period, LIFE will contribute approximately €3.4 billion to the protection of the environment and climate.

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 The SU-EATABLE LIFE project has received funding from the EU LIFE program

Project partners

The project is coordinated by Prof. Riccardo Valentini, Full Professor of Forest Ecology at Tuscia University, Italy, member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Nobel price for Peace in 2007.
The project partners are:

BCFN Foundation

Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition Foundation

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The Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition Foundation (BCFN) is an independent multidisciplinary research center, which aims to provide People, Institutions and Media with activities and scientifically robust analysis related to food and its relationships with societies and environment.

GreenApes

GreenApes

greenapes.com

greenApes is a Benefit Corporation which activities have the purpose of promoting sustainable lifestyles. In the greenApes app, users share their green ideas, actions and tips with the community. Doing so they inspire each other and get rewarded with eco-friendly gifts and discounts.

Wageningen University

Wageningen University

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Wageningen University is the leading EU university in the Life Sciences. Researchers and students at University focus on the field of nutrition, health, nature and the living environment. The chair-group Health and Society, department of Social Science is specialized in innovative approaches in health and nutrition promotion.

The Sustainable Restaurant Association

The Sustainable Restaurant Association

thesra.org

The SRA is a NGO supporting 8,000 restaurants and food service providers. It develops Sustainability Ratings and offers consultancy and training services, aiming to make sustainability part of the DNA of food service businesses and to invite consumers to understand what makes food good.

The project timeline

Dec 2019
Dec 3 2019

SU-EATABLE LIFE Mid-term Conference

Milan, Italy. The SU-EATABLE LIFE project, its preliminary results and the ongoing experiments in canteens will be presented during the Mid-term Conference to be held at the 10° International Forum on Food and Nutrition organized by Barilla Foundation.

Agenda and registration to the event here.

Join the live stream from 2:30PM CEST.

Nov 2019
Nov 22 2019

Conference | The truth in our plates: Food sustainability and ethics in the Anthropocene

Rome, Italy. Katarzyna Dembska (Project Nutrition Advisor) will present the SU-EATABLE LIFE project during the conference "The truth in our plates: Food Sustainability and ethics in the Anthropocene" organized by the John Cabot University.

Nov 2 2019

Conference | EFAD

Berlin, Germany. Laura Bouwman (Wageningen University) presented the SU-EATABLE LIFE PROJECT during the 12° EFAD conference.

More info here.

Oct 2019
Oct 16 2019

FOOD2030 | FAO event World Food Day 2019

Brussels, Belgium. Andrea Magnani (Senior Project Assistant) represented the SU-EATABLE LIFE project during the event "FOOD2030: Nourishing people and nurturing the planet through sustainable healthy diets for all" organized by FAO, the European Commission, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions for the World Food Day 2019.

More info here. Follow the live streaming here.

Oct 15 2019

Conference | Acqua Roma

Rome, Italy. Gregory Eve (CEO greenApes) presented the SU-EATABLE LIFE project during the conference Acqua Roma organized in collaboration with the Zurich University of Applied Sciences.

More info here.

Oct 11 2019

Conference | Sustainable Food Systems = Sustainable Diets

Rome, Italy. Tashina Petersson (PhD candidate) presented the paper "Reducing carbon emissions and water footprints through sustainable diet promotion in university and company’s canteens: the  SU-EATABLE LIFE project" at the International Conference on Sustainable Food Systems = Sustainable Diets.

More info here.

Oct 9 2019

Press conference

Milan, Italy. Simona Castaldi (Research Project Manager) participated to the press conference aiming to launch the 10° International Forum on Food and Nutrition organized by Barilla Foundation, presenting the SU-EATABLE LIFE Mid-term Conference to be held in Milan on December 3, 2019. 

Oct 9 2019

Twitter chat | World Food Day

The SU-EATABLE LIFE project team members presented the initiative during the Twitter chat "Healthy and sustainable diets for a zero-hunger world" promoted by Barilla Foundation.

Oct 2 2019

Meeting with Italian stakeholders

Parma, Italy. The SU-EATABLE LIFE team members met the managers of the Italian company canteens involved in the experimental phase of the project.

Sep 2019
Sep 28 2019

Conference | TEDx Mestre

Venice, Italy. Alessandra Varotto (Communication Manager) presented the SU-EATABLE LIFE PROJECT during the workshop "The future is on our table" at the TEDx Mestre 2019.

More info here.

Sep 25 2019

Booklet | On climate & the future of food

The SU-EATABLE LIFE project has been included in the booklet "On climate & the future of food" published by the The Global Alliance for the Future of Food as one of the most important initiatives on climate and food supported by its members. The booklet has been presented in New York on Sept 25th, 2019 on occasion of the Climate Week NYC 2019.

More info here.

Sep 9 2019

Meeting with Italian stakeholders

Novara and Bologna, Italy. The SU-EATABLE LIFE team members met the managers of the Italian company canteens involved in the experimental phase of the project.

Jul 2019
Jul 24 2019

Event | Foodprint

London, UK. The Sustainable Restaurant Association presented the SU-EATABLE LIFE project during the launch of its new impact programme to help measure and reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of restaurant menus.

More info here.

Jun 2019
Jun 11 2019

Conference | FAO's International Symposium on the Future of Food

Rome (Italy). Simona Castaldi (Research Project Manager) presented the SU-EATABLE LIFE project during the panel "Building consumer confidence in food systems" at the FAO's International Symposium on the Future of Food.

Watch the video here.

May 2019
May 19 2019

Conference | Food & Science Festival

Mantua, Italy. Simona Castaldi (Research Project Manager) presented the SU-EATABLE LIFE PROJECT during the panel "Climate change on the plate" at the Food and Science Festival 2019.

May 17 2019

Conference | ANDID National Conference

Florence, Italy. Katarzyna Dembska (Project Nutrition Advisor) presented the SU-EATABLE LIFE project at the 31° ANDID (Italian Dietitians National Association) Conference.

May 15 2019

Meeting with UK stakeholders

London, UK. R. Valentini, S. Castaldi, L. Bouwman and G. Eve met UK universities and canteens managers interested in the project at the Sustainable Restaurant Association’s headquarter.

May 3 2019

Conference | Food Economy Summit

Milan, Italy. Simona Castaldi (Research Project Manager) coordinated a roundtable on "Innovative and sustainable consumption methods", presenting the SU-EATABLE LIFE project. 

Apr 2019
Apr 9 2019

Panel | Food & Cities - Milan Design Week

Milan, Italy. Marta Antonelli (Research Project Manager) presented the SU-EATABLE LIFE project within the panel on "Food & cities: The transformation of agro-food systems starts from cities" organized by BCFN Foundation and Milan Urban Food Policy Pact on the occasion of the Milan Design Week.

Apr 6 2019

Conference | Festival of Global Health

Padua, Italy. Riccardo Valentini (Project Coordinator) presented the SU-EATABLE LIFE project during the panel "Food and Environmental Sustainability" at the Festival of Global Health.

Mar 2019
Mar 21 2019

Twitter Chat | World Water Day

Marta Antonelli (Research Project Manager) presented the SU-EATABLE LIFE project during the Twitter Chat "Water & Food sustainability: Your choices matter" promoted by BCFN Foundation.

Feb 2019
Feb 22 2019

Conference | International Food Journalism Festival

Turin, Italy. Simona Castaldi (Research Project Manager) presented the SU-EATABLE LIFE project during the panel “Sustainability begins with food. Eating well and helping the Planet at the same time? It is possible”.

Feb 20 2019

Survey on sustainable diets

The survey on sustainable diets developed in the framework of Action A.1 "Observatory on Sustainable Diets" is online.

Feb 19 2019

General assembly SU-EATABLE LIFE

Rome, Italy. During the two-day meeting (Feb 19-20), the previous six months of activities have been reviewed and the objectives and actions to be undertaken in the upcoming months have been discussed. 

Nov 2018
Nov 30 2018

Meeting with UK stakeholders

London, UK. R. Valentini, S. Castaldi, A. Magnani, K. Dembska and G. Eve presented SU-EATABLE LIFE to UK universities and canteens managers interested in the project at the Sustainable Restaurant Association’s headquarter.

Nov 28 2018

Workshop SU-EATABLE LIFE at IX° International Forum on Food and Nutrition

Milan, Italy. During the 9th International Forum on Food and Nutrition, SU-EATABLE LIFE has been officially presented to the public (dedicated workshop).

Nov 26 2018

SU-EATABLE LIFE website

The SU-EATABLE LIFE project website is online.
Nov 15 2018

Conference | Science and the Future, contradictions and challenges

Turin, Italy. Simona Castaldi (Research Project Manager), and Andrea Magnani (Senior Project Assistant) attended to the International Conference “Science and the Future, contradictions and challenges”. 

Nov 15 2018

Conference | Climate Change, health of the Planet, and future of Humanity

Vatican City. Riccardo Valentini (Project Coordinator) presented the SU-EATABLE LIFE project at the International Conference “Climate Change, health of the Planet, and future of Humanity”.

Oct 2018
Oct 11 2018

Press conference

Milan, Italy. During the 9th International Forum on Food and Nutrition press conference, the SU-EATABLE LIFE project has been presented to the media (14 journalists attended the event).
Oct 3 2018

Kick-Off LIFE Climate Action

Brussels, Belgium. Presentation of all the new LIFE projects. SU-EATABLE LIFE has been presented by Prof. Riccardo Valentini (Project Coordinator) and Andrea Magnani (Senior Project Assistant).
Sep 2018
Sep 3 2018

Kick-off SU-EATABLE LIFE

Parma, Italy. During the two-day meeting (Sep 3-4) the SU-EATABLE LIFE objectives and the actions that the partners will undertake in upcoming years have been presented and discussed.
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