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UK food giants from Tesco to Nestle aim to halve waste by 2030

UK food giants from Tesco to Nestle aim to halve waste by 2030 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Major supermarkets, food manufacturers and restaurants on Tuesday backed a drive to halve Britain's food waste by 2030 and save the nation at least 10 billion pounds ($13 billion) a year. Tesco, Nestle and Coca-Cola were among at least 70 leading companies to sign up to a government-backed plan to cut the amount of food that is wasted annually in Britain - estimated to be about 10 million tonnes to the value of 20 billion pounds. Food waste is increasing viewed as unethical in a world of rising hunger, as well as environmentally destructive, dumped in landfills where it rots, releasing greenhouse gases, while fuel, water, and energy needed to grow, store and carry it is wasted. "Crucially, these companies are committing to halving food waste from farm to fork by 2030, including waste in supply chains and not just the lower hanging fruit of waste in operations," she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

EcoVadis's insight:

Great  job by Tesco, Nestle and Coca-Cola!  A Circular Economy could bring 2 million jobs by 2030 and up to €600 billion in savings per year.

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James Whaley's curator insight, October 2, 7:30 AM

I imagine the research industry could offer a great deal here to uncover opportunities in a number of areas. 

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Ikea moves up the timeline for 'zero emissions' in last-mile delivery

Ikea moves up the timeline for 'zero emissions' in last-mile delivery | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Ikea Group, owner of 366 Ikea stores worldwide, will make deliveries via electric vehicles in Amsterdam, Los Angeles, New York, Paris and Shanghai by 2020 according to a statement, converting to what it calls "zero emissions home deliveries" worldwide by 2025. Ikea Group will also provide access to charging stations for electric vehicles across 30 markets at stores, offices and distribution centers by 2020. The company aims to eventually become "climate positive" by 2030, according to a June press release, which the company defines as "reducing more greenhouse gas emissions than the Ikea value chain emits, reducing the climate footprint of Ikea products and operations in absolute terms."

EcoVadis's insight:

Remarkable step forward by Ikea! It is critical for companies to look at emissions throughout the supply chain in order to accurately gauge progress or highlight failures.

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Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, September 23, 8:51 PM
In 2017, the Ikea supply chain contributed 26 million tons of CO2 emissions, or about 0.1% of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions, according to a recent sustainability report. The company originally announced in June the first phase of the electric delivery conversion would take place by 2025, and with this announcement, it is picking up the pace on this one element of a massive global supply chain.

Ikea has been making incremental moves toward a more sustainable operation for years, taking the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to heart and vowing to contribute to the goals set by the Paris Climate Agreement.
 
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Marshall Islands marches toward zero greenhouse emissions by 2050

Marshall Islands marches toward zero greenhouse emissions by 2050 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The Marshall Islands, an atoll-nation vulnerable to sea level rise from climate change, announced steps on Monday towards an ambitious plan to cut its greenhouse emissions to zero by 2050.
The Pacific country became the first small island nation to present such a strategy to the United Nations amid increasing interest from governments worldwide towards eliminating planet-warming emissions in a bid to curb man-made climate change. Heine upped the pressure on world leaders to go beyond current pledges to reduce their heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions as agreed in the 2015 Paris climate agreement. Worldwide, nine other countries have so far unveiled long-term plans to completely eradicate carbon emissions at home, from Britain to France and the United States under the administration of former U.S. president Barack Obama.

EcoVadis's insight:

Great initiative by Marshall Islands! The best practice for emissions policies is to communicate clear principles and objectives for the reduction of GHG emissions in qualitative and quantitative terms, reporting of Key performance indicators (KPIs) can have an even stronger, positive impact on a suppliers’ scorecard.

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