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08.01.2020, 08:00

Supporting Food Conservation

Catering, Energy, Water & Waste, Service Provider News, United Kingdom

Veolia is the first recycling company to sign up as an ‘enabling partner’ to the UK Food Waste Reduction Roadmap which is committed to halving food loss in large businesses by 2030.

 

Launched by research and training organisation IGD and the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) charity, the Food Waste Reduction Roadmap is aligned with United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 12.3 and UK government targets for food waste reduction under the Courtauld Commitment 2025. WRAP will report on progress against the Roadmap milestones in 2022 and 2026, alongside reports on progress towards Courtauld 2025. The programme works across the supply chain, from farm to fork.

 

According to the United Nations, around a third of all food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted. This has massive economic, social, and environmental impacts, and represents over £20 billion a year in lost monetary value. To support the programme, Veolia is actively supporting and encouraging its customers to support the drive to reduce food waste and, amongst other things, ensure food surplus suitable for redistribution goes to feed people in need, and is not wasted.

 

In order to help meet the carbon zero targets and avoid climate damaging emissions from unavoidable waste, Veolia has multiple operations that collect food waste from households, businesses and industrial sources. The company recycles this into compost, carbon-neutral energy and organic fertiliser for agriculture.

 

Veolia Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, Richard Kirkman, says: 

"We know that we can all help cut food waste in our day-to-day lives, and we welcome this important move to halve business food waste in the UK. But it is not always possible to eliminate food waste completely, so to meet the carbon zero targets and help mitigate the impact of climate change it is essential we collect this material and use it as a new resource for generating green energy, and produce valuable organic products such as compost and fertilisers.

 

"Through innovation and new technologies, we can make sure we realise the real potential that is currently going to waste and deliver a more sustainable future"  

 

Peter Maddox, WRAP Director, adds:

"The link between food waste and climate change is something we can no longer ignore. Globally, around a third of all food is wasted and the IPCC estimated that food waste contributed nearly 10 per cent of all manmade greenhouse gas emissions, between 2010 and 2016. Waste management companies like Veolia have an important role to play in helping to mitigate against this problem through engaging with their client base. We are delighted that Veolia is supporting the UK Food Waste Reduction Roadmap in this way, and will work with its clients to influence change. We would encourage others to follow its lead."

 

For more information on the WRAP programme visit wrap.org.uk/food-waste-reduction-roadmap

 

 

 

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