Call to slash food emissions

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WRAP has called for food and drink greenhouse gas emissions to be a key priority for COP26.

This follows a report from the UK Food Systems GHG Emissions focusing on the UK’s food & drink carbon footprint and the pathway to achieving a 50% carbon reduction by 2030 if action is taken.

The report found that 35% of the UK‘s total emissions come from the production, eating and importing of food and drink.

Marcus Gover, chief executive of WRAP, said: “There is little talk about the contribution that strategies around food and drink can have to climate action, and it is vital we raise awareness and drive action among policymakers and businesses at COP26.”

To help cut down on emissions, WRAP has announced its second Love Food Hate Waste week aiming to fight food waste.

The week will take place between 7-13 March 2022 with Aldi, Ocado Retail, Danone, Dunbia and Sodexo all putting their names to the campaign.

Sarah Clayton, head of citizen behaviour change at WRAP, said: “It’s imperative that we drive home the message that wasting food feeds climate change, and business support and trade body involvement is crucial in channelling that message widescale.”