Food production is responsible for a significant share of greenhouse gas emissions. This becomes evident with a look at school catering figures: for example, Estonian schools hand out approximately 36 million meals annually, accounting for 43,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions. Predecessor projects of CLIKIS, that have been conducted in Germany and Poland, have shown that measures such as choosing climate-friendly ingredients for school menus, deploying and investing in energy-efficient technology, and reducing food waste, make for approximately 40% reduction in emissions.
CLIKIS project is the first project in Estonia to concentrate on making school meals at the same time more environmentally sustainable, healthy and nutritious for kids. CLIKIS project is being implemented in 8 schools and kindergartens all over Estonia: in the cities of Tartu, Viljandi, Narva and the capital – Tallinn. The project is managed by the Estonian Green Movement (EGM). The project also involves partners from Germany: IZT Institute for Future Studies and Technology Assessment, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, Energy (WU); and Croatia: Red Fork.
The methodology and calculations for the project have been developed by the Wuppertal Institute and the practical and theoretical training is being conducted by IZT. In the late spring of 2021, two institutions were visited (Viimsi school and Tallinn Magdaleena kindergarten) and analyzed by EGM while being instructed by Michael Scharp from IZT. Michael’s visit to Estonia was a part of one of the practical trainings for kitchen analyzers. The training also had a theoretical session before visits to schools.
During the visits, schools provided EGM with their weekly menus to be analyzed and measured regarding the CO2 emissions, energy consumption meters were installed to kitchen devices to measure the electricity usage, and the waste management was discussed and inspected. After analyzes and calculations, the results were presented to the schools along with some recommendations on how to decrease their CO2 emissions.
Upon completion of the project, all schools and kindergartens will receive detailed reports on their climate impact and individual recommendations for reducing it.
CLIKIS project plays a big part in the goal of the European Union to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% by 2030 and to be climate neutral by 2050.