Life Cycle Assessment of Nosh Protein

In 2024, Nosh will arrive on grocery shelves in Europe for the first time. The protein in the meat analogue will contain only a single ingredient: the Nosh protein, derived from fermented non-GMO fungi.

We are thrilled to bring consumers a meat-free alternative with a truly clean label. Data shows that consumers are more motivated than ever to reduce meat in their diets and consume products free of additives.

Meat analogues are just the beginning for us!

We aim to reduce the environmental impact of the entire food industry by developing a new class of highly functional ingredients and nutritional proteins. Leveraging microbial biodiversity and novel fermentation technologies, we focus on clean label, non-GMO products at industry cost. 

We asked ClimatePoint to help us evaluate the environmental impact of choosing a Nosh product over conventional meat.

Read the full Nosh LCA report here.


This analysis had two goals:

1) understand the current greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), water use, and land use in the lifecycle of the Nosh protein, from raw material sourcing to the disposal of the product at the end of the product’s life, and

2) understand areas where we can reduce our carbon footprint, improve energy efficiency, and enhance sustainability across our entire value chain.

Key findings

The assessment found that, compared to the production of conventional beef, the Nosh protein is approximately:

  • 90.7% lower in GHG emissions (1)
  • 98.7% lower in water consumption (2)
  • 99.4% lower in land usage (3)

The Nosh alternative protein serves as an eco-friendly alternative to traditional proteins.

Takeaways and next steps

1. Climate neutrality is within reach

Compared to conventional meat, the Nosh protein has significantly reduced emissions, water, and land usage. 

2. Transitioning to renewable energy and optimising energy efficiency

Recognizing that 90% of our emissions come from energy usage, we are committed to a dual approach: transitioning to renewable energy sources and enhancing energy efficiency across our operations. This strategy will tackle the bulk of our carbon footprint, and are vital to reducing our environmental impact. 

3. Improving logistical operations

The remaining 10% of emissions are linked to equipment, transportation in the supply chain, and raw material sourcing. Using this assessment as a guide, we will identify and act on opportunities to improve our logistical operations and factory planning to minimise these emissions. 

4. Optimising water usage

90% of our water usage stems from raw material sourcing. We’re actively refining our sourcing practices and seeking out sustainable alternatives, such as utilising agricultural side streams. These efforts aim to substantially curtail our water consumption.

5. Supporting biodiversity through improvement of sourcing

By improving raw material sourcing, we aim to collaborate with suppliers to promote sustainable farming, including habitat preservation, chemical reduction, and integrated pest management (IPM). These practices are integral to our strategy to counteract the negative impacts of agricultural expansion on biodiversity, aiming to prevent deforestation and habitat loss.

Read the full Nosh LCA report here.

Notes and references 

Functional unit

The functional unit of this report is the market use of one kilogram of Nosh's protein (in wet mass).

Reference flow

The reference flow(s) for the use of Nosh's alternative protein is one kilogram of beef protein.

Analysis parameters

These analysis parameters are grounded in Life Cycle Assessment methods used in academic research and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14,000 series. The functional unit is a quantification of the product or service that is being analyzed. It forms the centerpiece of the analysis, and it is used to analyze the proposed climate solution along with the comparative elements of the incumbent technology. The system boundary specifies what is included and what is omitted in the analysis. The product lifetime is essential to estimate potential use-phase as well as end-of-life emissions.

About ClimatePoint

At ClimatePoint we are working hard to elevate the most impactful technologies and companies within the marketplace. The quantitative climate Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) we generate for our clients play a vital role in strategy development, sustainability action planning and risk assessment. Ensuring that climate value propositions are quantified, verified, and forecasted.


  1. GHG emissions: 9.19 kg/kg for Nosh protein, compared to 99.11 kg for conventional meat
  2. Water usage: 194 liters/kg for Nosh protein, with 175 liters accounted for during feedstock sourcing (90%), compared to 15,415 liters/kg for conventional beef
  3. Land use: 1.83 m²/kg for Nosh protein, compared to 326.21 m²/kg required for conventional beef

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