Green Growth Forum tackles food waste

Around one third of all food produced in the world is wasted. [Nick Saltmarch/Flickr]

An international coalition launched a new tool to measure global food waste on Monday (6 June). It is hoped that the Food Loss and Waste Protocol will help halve food waste and significantly cut carbon emissions. EURACTIV’s partner Journal de l’Environnement reports.

The fruit of three years’ work, this new framework for measuring and combatting food waste was unveiled at the Global Green Growth Forum (3GF), held in Copenhagen from 6-7 June.

It is the result of a partnership between the Word Resources Institute (WRI), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP).

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Aimed at governments, businesses and associations, the idea for this protocol was first raised at the 3GF in 2013.

“International momentum to curb food loss and waste is growing with governments and businesses making commitments to address this issue. However, most do not know how much food is lost or wasted or where it occurs within their borders, operations or supply chains,” the WRI said in a statement.

Global statistics are currently highly fragmented. But the more actors that contribute data on the scale of food waste, the more accurate the statistics will become.

This extra data will serve as a valuable tool to help states fulfil their international commitments. Under the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (and a European objective for 2025) countries have committed to halving food waste by 2030. Since food waste accounts for 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions, cuts of this scale could also help countries achieve their commitments under the Paris Agreement, adopted in December 2015.

Worldwide, the FAO estimates that one third of all food produced is wasted. According to the WRI, this waste is worth €828 billion each year.

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