Set a target to reduce food waste
Set a new target to reduce food waste by 50% from the 2013 baseline by 2032.
The Drawdown Project ranks reducing food waste as its most-effective climate solution, with a potential to reduce global emissions by around 95,000MtCO2 over the next 30 years.241 The current target for Scotland is to reduce food waste by 33% from the 2013 baseline by 2025. The Scottish Government has committed to produce a Food Waste Reduction Plan and Zero Waste Scotland has laid out what should be in it and the benefits it would bring, including a reduction in waste of nearly 300,000 tonnes, an economic benefit of nearly £2.7 billion and a carbon saving of 1.5% of Scotland’s annual emissions.242
However, in order to continue to reduce food waste across Scotland, a new target to reduce food waste by 50% from the 2013 baseline by 2032 should be adopted.
There is also a need to tackle food waste on farms. A WWF report found that over six billion meals’ worth of edible food goes to waste before even making it off farms in the UK.
For further information:
- New report shines spotlight on millions of tonnes of edible food going to waste on uk farms, WWF UK, 2022, https://www.wwf.org.uk/press-release/hidden-waste-report-shines-light-uk-food-waste
The Drawdown Project, 2023, https://drawdown.org/solutions/table-of-solutions
Scotland’s Food Waste Reduction Action Plan, Zero Waste Scotland, 2023, https://www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/resources/scotlandsfood-waste-reduction-action-plan