The Business of Taking a Bite Out of City Emissions

January 25 & 26, 2024


Copenhagen, Denmark

About Coolfood

Coolfood – World Resources Institute’s initiative for curbing diet-related greenhouse gas emissions – delivers major food providers the tools and expertise to scale healthy, climate-friendly meals that benefit people and nature.

About This Summit

Join Coolfood for a special two-day summit in the culinary capital of Copenhagen, where we’ll explore the innovative ways that cities and businesses are working together to take a bite out of climate change.

Cities are vibrant hubs for eating outside the home – in restaurants, school cafeterias, hospitals, corporate dining facilities and more. This gives cities and the businesses providing food an unparalleled chance to scale healthy, sustainable meals, and thereby help the world get on a path to building an equitable global food system that benefits people and nature.

Reducing food’s emissions is an urgent social, health and environmental issue – but it’s also a delicious opportunity.

This summit offers invited guests the chance to:

  • Meet WRI’s renowned experts on food and climate,
  • Network with influential leaders in the movement for healthy, sustainable meals,
  • Be first to hear cutting-edge behavioral science findings for how to market low-carbon food,
  • Learn from a diverse group of speakers about policy trends to watch, how procurement can be made more sustainable; and
  • Understand how the public and private sectors can take their climate action to the next level through food.

We are honored to showcase how Copenhagen is one among many cities leading the charge for climate-friendly food – as such, guests can expect an immersive offering of Copenhagen’s celebrated food scene.


A Look at What to Expect

Registration can be completed here >>

DAY 1 (January 25th, 2024)
Location: MAD Academy (Krudtløbsvej 12, 1439 København K)

8:30 – 15:30 | Optional Low-Carbon Training for Your Organization’s Lead Chef 
RSVP required as space is limited. Contact to express interest in joining this training. Breakfast and lunch provided.

A special training to equip chefs and craftspeople with the knowledge, tools and inspiration to serve more plant-forward meals. This session is hosted by MAD Academy, which was founded in 2019 by René Redzepi of restaurant Noma and executive director Melina Shannon-DiPietro. MAD Academy is taught by luminaries in the fields of gastronomy, science, business, and the arts.

16:30 – 18:30 | World Resources Institute Seminar & Cocktail Reception
Hosted by WRI Europe

Join us as we open Coolfood’s 2024 Summit with a dynamic session and discussion of key themes and stories for food and climate action in 2024. World Resources Institute leaders will share practical tips for your organization to reduce food-related emissions, followed by a Q&A with the opportunity to ask experts your burning questions.

Afterwards, stay for drinks and nibbles from some of Copenhagen’s most exciting restaurants – plus the chance to meet and connect with fellow Summit attendees.

DAY 2 (January 26th, 2024)
Location: Mogens Dahl Concert Hall
(Snorresgade 22, 2300 København S)

8:30 | Doors Open.
Light breakfast provided. 

9:00 | Welcome Remarks

9:10 | Keynote Address from Lord Mayor of Copenhagen, Sophie Hæstorp Andersen

9:30 – 10:30 | Panel: A Vision for a Healthy, Sustainable Food Future in Europe

From a national action plan in Denmark to changing school menus, promoting sustainable diets is landing on more and more climate and policy agendas. What are the trends to watch? What levers can governments and the private sector activate? And what’s necessary for successful partnerships on sustainable food? This session will present a vision for Europe’s food future and outline action items to be a leader in this arena.


  • Stientje van Veldhoven, Vice President and Regional Director for Europe, World Resources Institute


  • Ida Auken, Member of Parliament, Denmark  (spokesperson on climate for the Social Democrats)
  • Claire Bury, Deputy Director-General responsible for Food Sustainability, European Commission
  • Morten Hassing, Head of Food Product & Performance for Denmark, ISS
  • Filippo Gavazzeni, Coordinator of the Secretariat of the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact
  • Isabel Boerdam, Founder of Week Without Meat Europe

10:30 – 11:00 | Networking Break

11:10 – 11:30 | Behavioral Science Insights from WRI Expert

This session will give a first look at brand new insights from Coolfood’s forthcoming playbook, Guiding Diners Toward Plant-Rich Dishes in Food Service. WRI’s behavioral scientists have spent over a year looking into the latest no-regret strategies for engaging customers and diners in climate action through food.


  • Sophie Attwood, Senior Behavioral Scientist, WRI

11:30 – 12:10 | Panel: Leveraging Behavioral Science to Take a Bite Out of Climate Change

A panel of business and city leaders from across Coolfood’s membership in Europe will share how they are applying Coolfood’s behavior change model. Guests will hear the good, the bad, and the ugly from these members’ experiences shifting consumer choices toward low carbon meals.


  • Edwina Hughes, Head of Coolfood, World Resources Institute


  • Sophie Attwood, Senior Behavioral Scientist, WRI
  • Helene von Reis, Business Area Manager for Food at IKEA of Sweden AB, Inter IKEA Group
  • Kaj Török, Chief Sustainability Officer, MAX Burgers
  • Mikkel Zinck Schrøder, Head of Business and Growth, City of Copenhagen
  • Sarah Bruinaars, Project Officer for SchoolFood4Change, City of Ghent

12:10 – 12:20 | Lightening Talk: What Happens When You Take Meat Off the Menu?

12:20 – 12:30 | Closing Remarks

12:30 – 14:00 | Immersive Lunch Experience

Dive into the delicious world of chef-driven, low-carbon dining at our pop-up café, featuring dishes served across Copenhagen’s schools, senior and social housing. This is food for everyone, made cool.

Planning Your Visit to Copenhagen


Recommended Hotels

Copenhagen Admiral Hotel
Toldbodgade 24-28, 1253 København K
15% discount with code CAH15CBO (valid for January 23-29)

Hotel Skt. Annæ
Sankt Annæ Pl. 18, 1250 København
15% discount with code WRI2024 (valid for January 23-29)

Train Station

Copenhagen Central Station
Banegårdspladsen 1, 1570 København V


Copenhagen Airport, Kastrup (CPH)
Lufthavnsboulevarden 6, 2770 Kastrup


Questions? Please contact:

Katherine Murtha at

Please note: This event is invitation-only. There is no fee to attend.