SU-EATABLE LIFE

Taking care of people, ourselves and everything around us, starting from simple choices and daily habits that are good for our health and sustainable for our planet, is an appeal that Ducati could not fail to respond to. For this reason, since May 2019, in collaboration with Felsinea Ristorazione and with the coordination of the Barilla Foundation, the company has joined the European project SU-EATABLE LIFE, to reduce the environmental impact (CO₂ emissions and water consumption) connected to the meals served in the company canteen, through the proposal of healthy and sustainable dishes.

What does sustainable eating mean? First it means not giving up on taste, and then it means varying your diet as much as possible by favouring dishes based on vegetables, fruit, legumes and whole grains. It means also not exceeding with the portions (to avoid waste), with salt, sugar and fat, moderate the consumption of meat (especially red and processed, such as cured meats) and dairy products, always preferring local and seasonal products.

Three times good: for our palate, for our health and for the environment. These are the sustainable dishes offered on the company menu. The SU-EATABLE LIFE project analysed all the recipes and identified the most sustainable ones to be offered in the canteen or to be prepared at home, thus also involving employees in smart working.

VERY GOOD RESULTS, FOR US AND FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

The project, which began in May 2019 (*), was developed in several phases (research and analysis of the initial situation, specific staff awareness campaigns, experimentation and analysis of the results obtained) first involving all users of the company canteen and, subsequently the employees in smart working.

During the six months of experimentation, a net saving of 0.26 kg of CO₂ equivalent (carbon footprint) and 186 litres of water (water footprint) was achieved per person at each meal. Furthermore, in the same period, compared to the December 2019-January 2020 period, there was a clear reduction (-35%) in the consumption of red meat, one of the foods that have a higher environmental impact.

How significant are these numbers? Multiplying them by all the users of our canteen, in one year the achievable savings amount to more than 30 tons of CO₂, equivalent to around 23 million litres of water, or the quantity of emissions produced by 7 trips around the world by plane and the water needed to fill 9 Olympic-sized swimming pools. And if the experience gained in the canteen were also applied in the preparation of domestic meals, in one year we could save even more, that is up to 460 tons of CO₂.

(*) The testing phase began in November 2019 and was then interrupted in February 2020 because of the health emergency due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and then restarted in September 2020

WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW MORE?

Are you looking for inspiration and tips for sustainable eating with taste? Find out more about the SU-EATABLE LIFE project by consulting the website www.sueatablelife.eu, where you can also find the page dedicated to sustainable recipes: https://www.sueatablelife.eu/en/cookbook/ 

Do you have any questions, or would you like to give us feedback on the project? We will be happy to answer you!

Email us: sustainability@ducati.com 

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