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'Powered by Plants' is a UCL-wide campaign to reduce the carbon footprint associated with UCL's catering.

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19 November 2019

Initiated by UCL's department for Psychology and Language Science, multiple departments across UCL (including the Senior Management Team) and other Psychology departments globally, have signed up to vegetarian-only catering at meetings and events. This includes UCL's Provost, Professor Michael Arthur and UCL-wide events like the 'It's All Academic Festival.

Inspired by academic research from UCL, the campaign aims to enhance the health and wellbeing of staff and students and reduce UCL's carbon footprint. If all departments switched to 100% vegetarian catering, UCL’s food emissions would be reduced by 40%, saving ~5,000 tonnesCO2 per annum, equivalent to taking 1,000 cars off the road.

UCL's catering team are looking at the carbon footprints of different vegetarian options, so that we aren't replacing our meat dishes with high-carbon, less healthy foods like cheese. Locality and environmental credentials such as Fairtrade, Organic Association and plastic packaging are also taken into account.