We work with restaurants to make smart, non-intrusive improvements that can reduce their climate impact. Many of these changes end up saving the restaurants money on utility bills. But even the most efficient restaurants still have a carbon footprint. ZeroFoodprint supports a number of food-related carbon-reduction projects around the world to offset the remaining emissions.
Offsets, also known as carbon credits, are created when a carbon project—an activity aimed specifically at reducing greenhouse gases—proves to a group of scientists that they are keeping harmful gas from entering the atmosphere. The project can then sell that credit (measured in tonnes of carbon avoided) to fund their project. In other words, credits make the carbon-project world go round. Without the revenue from the sale of the credits, the project would not be financially viable.
Offsets are the best tool we have to address unavoidable emissions. Many businesses use them to counteract energy-based emissions in locations where they cannot source renewable energy. Even in the most efficient restaurant, food needs to be cooked, and the ingredients will always have an associated foodprint. Thus a good portion of the foodprint will always be unavoidable.
ZeroFoodprint restaurants support a number of food-related carbon-reduction projects around the world. We aim to drive offset investments toward regenerative agriculture, recognizing that food is a part of our climate problem, but also a part of the solution.
Partnership with Cool Effect
We are proud to have partnered with Cool Effect to source our carbon credits. Cool Effect does carbon correctly. Their scientists have independently vetted over 1,000 projects to find the ones they offer on their site. A nonprofit, Cool Effect is transparent about everything you might want to know—the project’s price, the science, the challenges the project faces along with its benefits. They also routinely answer questions about these projects from scientists and non-scientists alike. They present all this information as clearly and transparently as possible. For example, they let you know that 90.13% goes directly to the projects and then give you the breakdown of their 9.87% fee.
ZeroFoodprint is currently sourcing carbon credits to offset our member restaurants from the Mirador Clean Cookstoves project. This project works side-by side with local families across rural Honduras to build improved cookstoves that use just half the amount of wood of a traditional cookstove. When wood use is cut by half, so are CO2 emissions. These cookstoves also improve the health of local families who no longer breathe in constant smoke and their maintenance and operations provides jobs in high-unemployment rural areas.