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Collaborative housing and environmental efficiency: The case of food preparation and consumption
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Ecology (moved 20130630).
2004 (English)In: International Journal of Sustainable Development, ISSN 0960-1406, E-ISSN 1741-5268, Vol. 7, no 4, 341-352 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In theory, food handling in collaborative housing systems could have a number of environmental advantages compared with households and food service institutions. This paper explores to what extent some of these theoretical advantages are realized in two collaborative housing units in a major Swedish city. Food-related energy use and waste flows were measured and compared with results from food service institutions and some data relevant for households. Results show that energy use for cooking decreases in collaborative houses compared with households but energy use for food storage increases. Plate and food preparation wastes are low in the studied collaborative houses but food leftovers may be abundant. The latter result depends on how the dining system is organized. A bottleneck for improving the environmental efficiency in collaborative housing is the static view of apartment design held by many architects and real estate owners. Another bottleneck may be the unwillingness of households to make advance commitments to daily dining.

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2004. Vol. 7, no 4, 341-352 p.
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Collaborative housing, Cooking, Food, Kitchen, Leftovers, Resource management, Collaborative housing systems, Environmental efficiency, Food preparation, Housing units, Energy utilization, Environmental impact, Food storage, Housing, Wastes, Food processing, energy efficiency, energy use, residential energy, waste management, Heating, Houses, Eastern Hemisphere, Eurasia, Europe, Northern Europe, Scandinavia, Sweden, World
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Food Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-157652DOI: 10.1504/IJSD.2004.006413ScopusID: 2-s2.0-15044350830OAI: diva2:770996

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