The initiative aims to get businesses to reduce food waste by 50% by 2030
Leading resource management company, Veolia, has become the first recycling and waste company to sign up as an ‘enabling partner’ to the Food Waste Reduction Roadmap - the programme supporting large businesses in reducing food waste within their own operations. The Food Waste Reduction Roadmap, created by the IGD and WRAP, is working across the supply chain, from farm to fork, with a target to reduce food waste by 50%.
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, the company has multiple operations that collect food waste from households, businesses and industrial sources. Veolia recycles this to become compost, carbon-neutral energy and organic fertiliser for agriculture.
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
In 2015, in response to the need for urgent action, countries of the world formally adopted a global food waste reduction target - Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 12.3. The Food Waste Reduction Roadmap is aligned with SDG 12.3, and with the UK’s own 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 the Courtauld 2025. The final report on SDG12.3 expected in 2031.
Green energy comes from the renewable energy plants that Veolia operate, and these save around 33,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year. These plants process 250,000 tonnes of food waste to generate around 35GWh of electricity per year, equivalent to powering 11,000 homes. They also provide the heat needed to produce 10 million litres of whisky, and renewable biogas that serves 4000 homes.
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