Food waste and its role in achieving net zero
Food waste remains a big issue. If it were a country, food waste is the third biggest contributor to global emissions after China and the USA*. Not only is this having a huge, negative impact on our planet, but it is costing households and businesses thousands of pounds a year in the UK alone*. A cost which is not sustainable financially, or environmentally.
But with one third of all food being wasted in the supply chain before reaching consumers, so much more must be done to reduce the environmental footprint of our food production system whilst potentially enhancing the productivity of UK soil if post-consumer food waste is harnessed more effectively.
In order to achieve the sustainability goals set out by COP26, we must, as a society, change our ways. And change is coming, with proposed new legislation which will mandate food waste collections from all households and businesses in England, providing a huge potential nutrient resource if the quality can be controlled. But interventions further up the waste hierarchy can save businesses significant money at the same time as reducing the volume of food waste that requires processing, thus removing significant carbon emissions from downstream waste treatment processes.
Join our expert panel to discuss where food waste fits in the UK’s decarbonisation journey, what progress has been made to date (both in the supply chain and post-consumer) and what more we have to do. This informal and interactive session offers attendees a mix of industry insight and perspective, along with case studies and real-world examples demonstrating how food waste can be reduced, composted, digested or recycled with great success.
*Source: The Business Case for Reducing Food Loss and Waste, Champions 12.3 (WRI & WRAP research) | WRI: What’s Food Loss and Waste Got to Do with Climate Change? (2015) | Defra
Stuart Hayward-Higham, Technical Development Director for SUEZ recycling and recovery UK
Dr Adam Read, External Affairs Director for SUEZ recycling and recovery UK
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