Eco-activists have criticized the COP26 menu for featuring a burger with the carbon footprint equivalent of a ten-mile journey.

Animal rights groups have compared offering meat and milk at the climate summit with’serving cigarettes at an lung cancer conference’.

The Government promised that most of the menu, which contains almost 60% meat and dairy, would be sourced from Scottish farms.

Meat meals like burgers have the greatest carbon footprint at 3.9kg CO2. I

Despite the fact that 80 percent of the ingredients come from Scotland, it still causes more environmental damage than vegetables. This is due to the effects of animal feeding.

Joel Scott-Halkes spoke out for Animal Rebellion and said that offering meat, seafood, and dairy at climate conferences was like’serving cigarette at a lung cancer conference. 

Andrew Graham-Stewart director of Salmon and Trout Conservation called the decision ‘beggars belief.

Animal rights groups compared the menu to 'serving cigarettes at a lung cancer conference' because of its meat-rich options (file image)

Animal rights groups have compared the menu to’serving cigarette at a lung cancer conference’ due to its meat-rich options. (file image).

The Government promised to source most of the climate summit's menu (pictured), which is almost 60 percent meat and dairy based, from Scottish farms

The Government pledged to source the majority of the climate summit’s food (pictured), which is almost 60% meat- and dairy-based, from Scottish farms

The lowest carbon options on the menu included meatless dishes, including a kale- and vegetable pasta dish with just 0.3kg carbon per serving.

Klimato, a Swedish start-up, was responsible for determining the carbon footprint of all menu items. It stated that it wanted ‘to help. [people]Choose dishes that have the lowest carbon footprint. It is not known what happens to high-carbon food if nobody chooses to eat them.

A buffalo mozzarella pizza on the Cop26 menu has 2.1kg Co2 per serving (file image)

A cop26 buffalo mozzarella pizza has 2.1kg of Co2 per serving (file photo).

Swedish start-up Klimato was responsible for deciding the carbon footprint of all menu items (file image)

Climateto, a Swedish start-up, was responsible for determining the carbon footprint for all menu items (file photo).

A Canned Scottish Beetroot and Broccoli salad has one of the lowest carbon footprints at 0.2kg Co2 (file image)

A Canned Scottish Beetroot and Broccoli salad has one of the lowest carbon footprints at 0.2kg Co2 (file image)

Each page of the menu says: “According the WWF, it is necessary to get.” [the carbon footprint of food]Below 0.5kg CO2e [per meal]To achieve the Paris Agreement goals.

What is the carbon footprint for the items on the COP26 Menu? 


Broccoli and Scottish Beetroot Cans

0.2kg CO2

Shredded Scottish Chicken

0.5kg of Co2

Loch Duart Smoked Salmon & Fennel 

0.4kg CO2


Organic Kale and Seasonal Vegetable Pasta

0.3kg CO2

Gartmorn Farm Turkey Meatballs Graised

0.9kg of Co2


Scottish Beef Burger 

3.9kg CO2

Buttermilk Grilled Chicken Burger

1.1kg of Co2

Herblabism Herb Burger

0.6kg CO2


Scottish Field Mushroom

0.8kg CO2

Smoked chicken

1.7kg CO2

Scottish Buffalo Mozzarella

2.1kg of Co2 

‘By including climate labels on our menus, we aim to make it easier to achieve this goal – together.’

Mr Scott-Halkes added that serving meat was ‘reckless’ and slammed it as a ‘damning indictment of the UK government’s utter failure to grasp the root cause of the climate crisis’.

The Salmon and Conservation Trust also raised concerns about the sustainability of the farmed salmon available. 

Graham-Steward said: “To include farmed Salmon on the COP26 Menu is beggars belief. It is hard to imagine how much scrutiny and diligence was used before the final menu was published.

MailOnline reached out to the organisers for COP26 for comments.

It came as scuffles broke out at a demonstration outside of the SSE Energy Company in Glasgow yesterday.

Police and demonstrators were seen clashing along St Vincent Street as world leaders met at nearby SEC Centre to discuss the climate change.

Activists tried to force their way into the building and were stopped by private security and police officers.

But the demonstrators locked their doors to each other outside.

Police claim that officers were spray-painted with paint before they were arrested. 

Gary Ritchie, Assistant Chief Constable, stated that officers were attacked after being sprayed in paint during one of these protests. 

“Two arrests have already been made in connection to this incident and spray paint cans have been seized.

‘We will balance the rights and freedoms of those who want to peacefully protest or counter-protest at COP26 with the rights of all members of the community.

“We will provide a proportionate police response to any protest or violence.

“Assaults against officers, who risk their safety every day to keep people safe and have adopted rights-based and facilitative approaches to protest is completely unacceptable.” 

Flares were also lit earlier in the day outside JP Morgan bank on the street that runs through the city.