Making a bold declaration at its World Cold Chain Summit to Reduce Food Waste in Singapore recently, Carrier, provider of high-technology heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration systems, delivered a call to action to begin “The Age of Food Efficiency.”
The conference, held for the first time in Asia, convened 131 delegates from 33 nations, including global leaders in the supply chain private sector, academia and government to discuss and develop scalable, sustainable solutions to expand and improve the cold chain to reduce food loss and waste.
Speakers at the two-day conference included Dr Joseph Mpagalile, Agro-food Industries officer, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO); Didier Coulomb, general director of the International Institute of Refrigeration; and Clementine O’Connor, sustainable food systems consultant, United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).
Top takeaways from this summit include:
•The summit endorsed the new United Nations Sustainable Development 12.3 Goal that calls for halving food waste—at retail and consumer levels, as well as reducing food losses along the entire global food supply chain—by 2030.
•The FAO is considering a new Cold Chain Coalition to fight food waste in developing nations.
•The International Institute of Refrigeration estimates 23% of food loss and waste in developing countries is due to the lack of a cold chain. Ethiopia has just 2 liters per person of refrigeration compared with 344 per person in the United States.
•A new, independent study shows greenhouse gas emissions associated with food waste could see a 10-fold net reduction if developing countries have the same level of cold chain implementation as the developed world. This shows that a green cold chain can be effective not only in feeding more people, but also taking a bite out of the 3.6 gigatons of CO2 associated with food waste every year.
•According to Professor Judith Evans of London South Bank University, in developed countries, 42% of food waste happens at the household level, confirming the need for greater consumer awareness.
•The US Green Building Council’s LEED green building standard could be an effective model for consideration for a green cold chain standard.
Also at the event, Carrier presented a donation of $10,000 to ZeroWasteSG, a not-for-profit and non-government organization in Singapore dedicated to eliminating waste, to help promote its “Save Food, Cut Waste” campaign.
To review the full transcript from the summit, see www.NaturalLeader.com. Learn more about reducing food waste by going to www.Carrier.com.