The Mission Zero Foodprint project promotes the carbon neutrality of small restaurants and other food service companies, develops the smart solutions and tools required to achieve it and makes change visible to consumers. The project’s co-creation and pilots are carried out in collaboration with restaurants in the Helsinki metropolitan region. 

The Mission Zero Foodprint project develops operational models, smart solutions and interoperable digital services that support small restaurants and food industry companies in making their operations more sustainable and carbon neutral.

The project brings together restaurant and food service companies, developers and interest groups to develop the entire production process towards carbon neutrality with the help of digital solutions that will be further developed in the project and an operational model designed based on the needs of restaurant professionals. 

The resulting sustainable operational model will also provide a competitive advantage. At the same time, the aim is to increase consumer awareness of the carbon neutrality and environmental friendliness of restaurants and food service companies to support consumers’ informed choices. 

Carbon neutrality to restaurants by co-creation

The goal of the Mission Zero Foodprint project is to co-create carbon neutral food services in collaboration with restaurant and food service companies and other interest groups. This goal is promoted via four objectives.

  1. Developing an openly available and resource-wise operational model aiming at carbon neutrality for restaurant and food service companies. The smart solutions and  model co-created with experts and food service industry professionals will enable even the smallest companies to operate and develop their activites in a more sustainable direction.
  2. Developing and utilising digital solutions as part of the operational model. Digital tools, metrics and indicators will help steer the carbon footprint of restaurants and promote resource-efficient business choices in regard to ingredient purchases energy solutions and recipe development, for example.
  3. Displaying companies’ carbon neutrality, energy-efficiency and resource wisdom visually in consumer services to support consumer choices. Data on the carbon neutrality of food service companies will strengthen their environmentally friendly image.
  4. Increasing the international networking of industry operators for the sharing of knowledge and best practices and for the development of new forms of collaboration between operators. 

Supporting the carbon-neutrality of the City of Helsinki 

Mission Zero Foodprint promotes the City of Helsinki’s carbon neutrality objectives by supporting restaurant and food industry operators in making their operations more sustainable and carbon neutral. 

The aim is for the models and services developed in the project to remain in active use among food industry SMEs, producing business benefits while providing relevant information to consumers. At the same time, the active use of the models will promote the resource-efficiency and energy saving efforts of operators. The project will also raise the Helsinki region and Finland’s image in sustainable food culture.


The project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council.The project has a total budget of approximately EUR 529,000 and will run from October 2019 to September 2021. The project is coordinated by Forum Virium Helsinki, with Laurea University of Applies Sciences serving as project partner. In addition to this, the project has an extensive network of cooperation partners, including Helsinki Marketing, Kotipizza Group and Smart & Clean Foundation .

Forum Virium Helsinki serves as the project coordinator and is responsible for the conceptualisation of the platform aimed for companies that provide restaurant services and the promotion of digital tools. The testbed is provided by the Smart Kalasatama project. Laurea University of Applied Sciences provides the project with restaurant industry expertise and is responsible for co-creation and participates in piloting with restaurants.

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Further information

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