Finland’s capital city says it will no longer serve meat dishes at seminars, staff meetings, receptions and other events to reduce Helsinki’s carbon footprint.
Instead, the city government plans to offer vegetarian food and sustainable local fish.
Liisa Kivela, Helsinki’s communications director, told The Associated Press on Thursday that the change takes effect in January and excludes school and workplace cafeterias run by the city of about 650,000 residents.
Kivisto said the the policy adopted by the City Council also allows deviations for certain “high-level visits or similar events” organized by Helsinki Mayor Juhana Vartiainen or the city’s senior managers.
The policy also stipulates that coffee, tea, oat milk and items like bananas offered at events will have to be sourced from fair trade producers. In addition, snacks and refreshments no longer can be served in single-use containers.
The local government said in a statement that the measure is part of a broader effort “which aims to reduce the climate impact of food and reduce the amount of natural resources used by the city.”