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EU GPP case study: Sustainable school meals in East Ayrshire (Scotland)
As a council responsible for providing over 1.3 million school meals a year, East Ayrshire has a lot on its hands. A growing awareness of the health, environmental, social and economic impacts of those meals led it to adopt a new procurement strategy in 2008. The focus was to be on fresh, unprocessed and organic ingredients. An EU-level tender incorporated all these elements, and has had lead to increase take up of school meals as well as other positive results. Independent research carried out by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency indicated that the CO2 emission savings associated with the change in food sourcing for one school alone amounts to 37.7 tonnes per annum. East Ayrshire was also the winner of an Association for Public Service Excellence award in 2011.
English
United Kingdom
Food and catering
2012