Food loss and waste: a carbon footprint too big to be ignored

You, S. , Sonne, C., Park, Y.-K., Kumar, S., Lin, K.-Y. A., Ok, Y. S. and Wang, F. (2022) Food loss and waste: a carbon footprint too big to be ignored. Sustainable Environment, 8(1), 2115685. (doi: 10.1080/27658511.2022.2115685)

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Eight to ten percent of total global greenhouse gas emissions are associated with food loss and waste. Tackling the challenges of food loss and sustainable food waste management is key to fulfilling the Paris Agreement. However, among the Nationally Determined Contributions to the Paris Agreement, very few countries make references to food loss and waste. In this work, we reviewed the problem of food loss and waste from a global viewpoint and highlighted the opportunities of managing food loss and waste towards carbon mitigation and beyond. The importance of developing a coherent collaboration among all associated stakeholders was implied. Some recent policy developments and the impacts of COVID-19 pandemic are discussed followed by the summarization of potential solutions to tackling the fool loss and waste challenge.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:Siming You would like to acknowledge the financial support from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Programme Grant (EP/V030515/1).
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:You, Dr Siming
Authors: You, S., Sonne, C., Park, Y.-K., Kumar, S., Lin, K.-Y. A., Ok, Y. S., and Wang, F.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Systems Power and Energy
Journal Name:Sustainable Environment
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN (Online):2765-8511
Published Online:01 September 2022
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2022 The Authors
First Published:First published in Sustainable Environment 8(1):2115685
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons license

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
309846Decentralised water technologiesWilliam SloanEngineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)EP/V030515/1ENG - Infrastructure & Environment