Zero Menu – a delicious way to cut emissions

Making sustainable food choices is one of the easiest ways to reduce one’s carbon footprint. To highlight the issue, Neste has developed the Zero Menu, a delicious way to cut emissions. Special diets such as gluten-free, dairy-free and vegetarian diets have been around for some time now – could the next big food trend be fossil-free diet? The sustainable, low emission Zero Menu will be served on Zero Island Lidö in Swedish archipelago from Midsummer onwards.

What is Zero Menu?

Food production is responsible for a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions. One widely recognized source of emissions is livestock, but transportation, packaging, storing, processing and the energy used to cook the food also cause significant amount of emissions.

Zero Menu was created to answer this challenge. The menu is designed to cause minimal amount of fossil emissions, taking into account all possible sources of emissions from the field to the table.

Jonas Svensson

Jonas Svensson Behind the menu is Jonas Svensson, an award-winning chef and food enthusiast who has worked at several famous restaurants, including successful Miss Voon. Svensson has several years of experience from Sweden's culinary top game.

ZERO MENU

“My thoughts on the menu have been to begin with ingredients that are in season and do not require long transportation, as well as to focus on the balance between the ingredients used. Obviously, the food should also be beautiful and taste good.”

- Jonas Svensson



 

STARTER

Natural harbor
Wild garlic "from spring to summer", fresh potatoes, pickled cucumbers

MAIN COURSE

Strömkajen
Early white cabbage "earth, sea and sun", pike-perch, fennel, dill, artichoke

DESSERT

The bakery
Rhubarb "caramelized winds", punch cream from Roslagen

Sustainable solutions


Using locally produced and seasonal ingredients and minimizing food waste are the two foundation stones for creating Zero Menu. To further reduce emissions, Neste and our partners have focused on finding smart technological solutions to make cooking sustainable.

Local ingredients


Because transportation causes emissions, most of the ingredients used in the Zero Menu have been produced locally and ecologically.

Reducing waste


To deal with the problem of debris and food waste, we have used as little packaging as possible. All food waste is composted in order to return nutrients to the soil and reduce the need for extra fertilizers and irrigation.

Energy efficiency


Energy efficiency and renewable energy are the two most important parts of sustainable energy solutions. They have both been important in the development of Zero Menu: we use renewable energy from solar panels and Neste MY Renewable Diesel. If necessary, additional electricity is used from other renewable sources. The energy consumption is kept down by using LED lighting, air heat pumps and special energy-saving curtains.

Journey to Zero Articles

We have embarked on a journey towards a fossil free future. However, it takes more than one to reach zero. Together with our partners, Neste will explore new ideas and steer the world towards a better future.