Policy Database – Additional information – collapsible text

Sector 1: Agri-Food

Goal / policy strategy 1.1: Reduction of live stock

Measure / action 1.1.1: diet shift

Quantification:

  • when 50% of Europeans eat meat only once per week and have a roughly 70% lower dairy consumption this would reduce GHG emissions in 2050 by 73 Mt which equals 16% of emissions from agriculture (source: McKinsey 2020)
  • a vegan / vegetarian diet reduces the GHG emissions of the European footprint by 13.9% / 9% (compared to 2007) and reduces the land footprint by 4.7% / 0.6% (source: Vita et al. 2019)
  • a switch to animal-free protein sources such as soy, lentils, other pulses and meat substitute products reduces global GHG emissions by 18-87% (central value 40%) (source: Creutzig et al. 2022)

Policy instrument 5: action plan on mass catering

Quantification:

  • a 50% reduction of meat dishes in public mass catering saves 0,43 million tonnes of GHG / year (range: 0,2-0,92 Mt GHG) (source: UBA 2022)