The Compass Group has revealed plans to convert around 40% of its meat-based meals to plant-based alternatives by 2030.
This is part of the company’s aim to deliver net zero emissions as it joins the UN Race to Zero campaign to “help build a more sustainable food system”.
The shift is also part of the company’s plans to cut its emissions by 55% by 2025, and by at least 65% by 2030.
The announcement follows new research published by Eating Better and PSC100 that public sector bodies are leading the shift to more sustainable eating by serving less meat and more plant-based food.
The research found that 80% respondents said they have “committed” to reducing meat content across menus, with 83% increasing plant proteins (beans, lentils, soya) in dishes by up to 20%, and 60% using more meat substitutes.
Robin Mills, general manager, Compass Group UK and Ireland, said: “We believe it is our responsibility to contribute to a future of sustainable food production and the commitment to carbon neutrality is an important milestone.”
ProVeg UK works with local authorities, multi-academy trusts, and catering companies, providing a range of services, including menu consultancy and plant-based culinary training to make school meals healthier and more sustainable.
Jimmy Pierson, director, ProVeg UK, added: “We need diet change not climate change, and Compass Group’s commitment is a huge statement of intent and positive step in the right direction.
“Compass Group’s plans will no doubt encourage more schools and local authorities to follow suit. It’s heartwarming to see one of the country’s biggest catering companies taking a lead on such a crucial issue – the climate impact of our food – that is ignored by so many.”