What is a CO2e value (carbon dioxide equivalent)?

CO2e is a way to measure how much greenhouse gas is released during the production, transportation, and disposal of different types of foods. CO2e measurement identifies which foods have the most significant environmental impact and where we should concentrate our efforts to support sustainable food production and consumption.

Global food production is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, making up about 25% of the total planetary emissions. There are many websites offering CO2e values and at Spice the world we have taken the average rating per product and taken this divided by the number of ingredients in a given recipe. These are shown as a guidance only and should not be taken as strictly gospel.

Net Zero 2050

The net-zero targets for CO2e emissions are becoming increasingly important as the world seeks to limit global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels by around 2050.

To achieve a net zero target for CO2e emissions, an average person should aspire to reduce their carbon footprint to around 2-3 kg CO2e per day.

This can in part be accomplished by implementing actions such as decreasing energy consumption, opting for low-carbon transportation methods, adopting a predominantly plant-based diet such as available on Spice the world.