Ecorutour - A... footprintless menù!

Ecorutour - A... footprintless menù!
This menu gives an indication on the contribution to the emission of Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) expressed in carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2eq) applied to the management of the service and to the preparation of each dish/beverage. Through a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) study, this expression is derived from the evaluation of environmental and energy loads, which have been applied to the management of the “Rivaverde” Restaurant. The outcomes of the above evaluation have been appropriately incorporated in the preparation of each dish/beverage. The quantification of GHGs takes into account the consumption/impacts related to the restaurant’s business, the shipping of raw materials, and also considers the emissions of standard food production (from a secondary data source).

Developing menus with GHG indications is one of the actions provided for by the ECORUTOUR Project, “Environmentally Compatible Rural Tourism”, which aims at increasing consumer awareness on the need to reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions, acting on a tourist services level in protected areas where respecting and protecting the environment has greater importance. Atmospheric Greenhouse Gases (GHG) absorb infrared radiation and cause the greenhouse effect. They can be both natural and anthropogenic. Primary greenhouse gases are represented by water vapour, carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide. Some human activities increase the level of these gases releasing into the air other exclusively anthropogenic greenhouse gases. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is an objective technique for evaluating and quantifying the energetic and environmental loads and the associated potential impacts that a product/process/activity has during its whole lifetime, from the purchasing of raw materials to the end of life disposal. The LCA method considers all of the life phases to be interrelated, parting from the assumption that each phase originates the next.
 
Each process involves impacts on the environment and these impacts can be different depending on the phase of the life cycle. Considering the whole life cycle and trying to improve the processes in a certain phase, one can avoid generating others in another phase.
Read more on: www.ecorutour.eu - Co-financed by LIFE+ 2008 Programme The information contained in this menu is in compliance with the principles of communication provided by the Environmental Standard ISO 14063: 2008