Policy     Economics     Technologies

Life Cycle Impacts of Protein-rich Foods for the 'SuperWijzer' app

At the request of the Dutch animal welfare group ‘Varkens in Nood’ CE Delft has determined the environmental impact of 98 protein chains. For each of these chains a life cycle assessment (LCA) was carried out, with particular focus on climate and biodiversity impacts. Compared with earlier studies, a very wide range of  protein chain variants were examined: 10 for chicken, 17 for cheese, 14 for beef and 9 for vegetarian products. While the analysis confirms there are major differences between the various types of protein source (with beef scoring relatively low and vegetarian relatively high), it also points to substantial differences within individual product groups with regard to environmental impact. The report includes an extensive, critical  discussion of the data sources employed. There is also a comparison with other studies on protein sources and an analysis and explanation of the differences encountered. 

Varkens in Nood’ subsequently added a score on aspects of animal welfare and, in collaboration with Greenpeace, drew up a product database enabling consumers to use the ‘SuperWijzer’ (an app for android and iphone) in the supermarket to assess how protein products score on biodiversity, environment and animal welfare.

For the app, see: www.superwijzer.com

See also the report Product Expansion for the Superwijzer

Tweets by @cedelft

Article - Evaluating the environmental impact of debit card payments https://t.co/IfnNwC3p0b
07-12-2017 16:23

Rapport Net voor de Toekomst - scenario's voor investeringskeuzes van netbeheerders in infrastructuren https://t.co/W4mUsLCuZ0
07-12-2017 16:04

Gezamenlijke visie om Omgevingswet, regionale energiestrategie en warmtetransitieplan lokaal gelijk te gebruiken… https://t.co/YwHhzl338d
06-12-2017 16:30

Position paper @CEDelft t.b.v. hoorzitting/rondetafelgesprek Kunststofketen en zwerfafval Tweede Kamer d.d. 30 nove… https://t.co/fLEooSyZL6
30-11-2017 12:32

CE Mailvision - New projects @cedelft, Promising CCU in EU, Tool for aviation charges, Grid for the Future, Biofuel… https://t.co/Mq2XtExZMT
30-11-2017 11:57