MILAN – Food waste generates about 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions, consumes approximately a quarter of the water used annually in agriculture, and costs the global economy 940 billion dollars a year. Nestlé CEO Paul Bulcke spoke about food waste, an issue that is high on the United Nation's agenda.
Halve waste by 2030
Target 12.3 of the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) aims to tackle the challenge of halving per capita food waste and reducing food losses by 2030. Progress is growing and building momentum, but collective action is needed to achieve this goal. “I am convinced that by working together, we can step up efforts and develop effective solutions to help reduce food losses and food waste worldwide,” said Bulcke.
Paul Bulcke is a member of the Champions 12.3 coalition, an alliance of CEOs, political personalities, and leaders of international institutions and civil society who have joined together to reach SDG Target 12.3. A new report published by the coalition evaluated the progress that has been made around the world toward meeting this goal. The report concluded that nations, cities and companies need to work more closely and with greater commitment in order to reach the target.
Nestlé's initiatives to reduce food waste and food losses include an explicit commitment to creating "zero disposable waste" in every one of the company's plants and to halve food waste within its business practices.
BY Alessandro Conte
20 october 2016