As figures show the UK wastes over 9.5 million tonnes of food each year, (with a value of over £19billion), which would be associated with more than 25 million tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Meals provider to the nursery sector, apetito, has pledged its support to WRAP’s Food Waste Action Week (#FoodWasteActionWeek), 1 – 7th March.
Adding its weight to other brands who are joining forces to drive awareness of this increasingly big issue – and the associated impact that food waste has on climate change – apetito has reinforced its commitment to wasting less food and in turn reducing the impact on our global environment.
The company currently sends all its food waste to anaerobic digestion (which produces renewable energy and reduces greenhouse gasses). In addition – and as part of its commitment to the Courtauld 2025 initiative – apetito has pledged to halve food waste from its manufacturing operations.
All its business units embrace the same principles of supporting waste reduction from top to bottom across its business. Every step of the production process is continually under review to ensure as a business, apetito ‘leads the way’ in responsible trading.
Lee Sheppard, director of corporate affairs and Policy, said:
‘Food waste is a subject of environmental and socioeconomic concern in its own right – however, the associated impact on climate change is not widely known. Food waste actively feeds climate change, which is of increasing concern and relevance to us all.
‘It’s a worrying fact that food waste produces six-times the amount of greenhouse gas emissions as global aviation, and WRAP’s own research shows that while 81% of people in the UK are concerned about climate change, fewer than 30% can see a clear link with wasting food.
‘Right now, 70% of all food wasted post-farm gate in the UK is wasted by consumers in their own homes. As a country, households throw away more than 6.6 million tonnes of food that could have been eaten, and that’s before we consider any food waste across Hospitality, Foodservice and manufacturing establishments.
“We fully support and applaud WRAP’s campaign and believe that with businesses and households working together and all ‘doing their bit’ – that collectively, we can make a real difference.’
WRAP is looking to drive awareness that wasting food is one of the biggest contributors to climate change. When we throw away food that could have been eaten, we are not just wasting food but the valuable resources that went into making it, including water, land, and greenhouse gases.
Check out: ‘Love Food – Hate Waste’ @LFHW_UK for further details on how we can all tackle food waste and the associated impact this has on climate change.