The EU food chain is carbon-intensive, accounting for about 30% of CO2 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.


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

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 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

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

The SRA is an 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

Feb 2019
Feb 22 2019

International Food Journalism Festival

Turin, Italy. Simona Castaldi (Research Project Manager) will present 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 19 2019

General assembly SU-EATABLE LIFE

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

Nov 2018
Nov 30 2018

Meeting with stakeholders

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

Nov 28 2018


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


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

International Conference

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

International Conference

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

LIFE Climate Action Kick-Off

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


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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