Chair's researchers receive double honours at LCA Food 2018 awards

The Agrifood Research Line at the UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change ESCI-UPF has been acknowledged the Best Student Oral Presentation Award and the Best Student Poster Award by the LCA Food 2018 conference at Bangkok, Thailand.

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Elodie Lemaire and Laura Batlle-Bayer, researchers of the Agrifood Research Line at the UNESCO Chair ESCI-UPF.

The 11th International Conference on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of Food 2018, organised by the Kasetsart University at Bangkok between 17 and 19 October, has acknowledged the Agrifood Research Line’s Ceres-ProCon Project*: “Food production and consumption strategies for climate change mitigation,” aimed at design strategies to improve the sustainability of food production and consumption.

Laura Batlle-Bayer, leader of the Agrifood Research Line and responsible for the project, has received the Best Student Oral Presentation Award for the work “Diet matters: the case of Spain.” As part of the project, too, Elodie Lemaire has received the Best Student Poster Award for “A fair comparison of GHG emissions and nutritional quality of 4 ready-to-eat meals.” “These awards recognise the contribution made in the framework of the project towards a more sustainable food consumption: healthier diets, following the national dietary guidelines, that can contribute to climate change mitigation,” as stressed by researchers.

 

LCA Food 2018 Best Student Oral Presentation Award

According to the work “Diet matters: the case of Spain,” researchers at the Chair have investigated the greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions of the food consumption pattern of an average Spanish citizen and compared it to an alternative diet based on the Spanish Dietary Guidelines. “Based on the current eating patterns, and assuming a daily energy intake of 2000 kcal, we estimated that the annual emissions related to diets are about 1.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents per capita. These emissions can be reduced by 19.5% when nutritional guidelines are followed, mainly due to the reduction of meat intake and the increase of plant-based products,” explains Batlle-Bayer.


LCA Food 2018 Best Student Poster Award

“A fair comparison of GHG emissions and nutritional quality of 4 ready-to-eat meals,” presented by researcher at the Agrifood Line Elodie Lemaire, has analysed and compared the GHG emissions of 4 ready-to-eat meals using the LCA methodology, taking into account their nutritional quality. The selected meals consist of a portion of vegetables and have a different composition: beef, rice, salmon, and chicken. Its results show that “the stage of ingredient production, such as cropping and farming, is the main contributor to the GHG emissions, and the nutritional score of the meals can affect the results,” highlights Lemaire. Also, “the highest GHG emissions are generated by the meat-based,” she adds.


About the conference

The theme of LCA Food 2018 has been “Global food challenges towards sustainable consumption and production,” to explore sustainable solutions for the security of global food systems. The conference has focused on the LCA methodology, “an analysis tool to measure the environmental impacts of systems, such as products or services, through its life cycle,” explains director at the Chair Pere Fullana i Palmer. Its results “facilitate the identification of hot spots to derive the strategies for life cycle management to improve the environmental performance of product and promote the shift towards sustainable agriculture and food production systems including more sustainable food consumption pattern via environmental certification and labelling schemes,” according to organisers.

 

*The CERES-ProCon Project: “Food production and consumption strategies for climate change mitigation” (CTM2016-76176-C2-1-R) (AEI/FEDER, UE) has received funding from the Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness, through the Agencia Estatal de Investigación (AEI) and Fondo Europeo de Desarrollo Regional (FEDER).

 

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