Hi all, short answer is that we don’t have any data yet on CO2 emissions. Longer answer below:
We spent a long time working with a research student who conducted a life-cycle analysis of Huel for their dissertation. A life-cycle analysis is an amazing, but amazingly complex thing.
it is a technique to assess environmental impacts associated with all the stages of a product’s life from raw material extraction through materials processing, manufacture, distribution, use, repair and maintenance, and disposal or recycling. Designers use this process to help critique their products.
LCAs are in many ways better than looking at carbon emissions, as just emissions is a far too narrow outlook on environmental impact.
The results indicated that Huel’s impact when compared to LCA data on other foods were very positive - Huel had much less imapct. Unfortunately though we weren’t able to release this for a number of reasons:
- We weren’t allowed by the university to share data externally
- The comparison wasn’t fair as it looked at a single product not a similarly ‘complete’ meal. Yes Huel had far, far less impact than a bowl of rice, but comparing 500kcal of Huel to 500kcal of rice is unfair and would have been heavily critique by yourselves
- There’s a risk it isn’t accurate - it was years ago and based on v1.2; we were smaller then and our supply chain of ingredients has improved, so it’s not now reflective
We’re now working on something new that focuses on CO2 emissions which is still very complicated and also because getting a LCA is too complex.
- Which product do you choose?
- There are many different ingredients, whereas products like Oatly and Pukka have very few - which makes it easier to get CO2 and LCA data.
We’re not not sharing the information with you because we don’t want to. Apart from the fact we can’t share the LCA with you, if we get reliable data we can share we will share it.
If you have any questions, let us know. Remember that Huel is very intricate, there are around 30 ingredients in Huel Vanilla Powder and as soon as we release data on that we won’t satisfy those that want data on Bars, RTD, Flavour Boosts. So looking at products that release data on CO2 emissions - like Oatly, who by the way we absolutely hold up as gold standard for sustainability - isn’t a like for like comparison.