Meals Waste Wanted in Nationally Decided Contributions


Kiara Price/UNFCCC, CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Co-authors: Yvette Cabrera, Director of Meals Waste (NRDC) and Pete Pearson, Senior Director of Meals Loss and Waste (WWF)

COP27 (the twenty seventh assembly of the Convention of Events to the worldwide local weather conference) is underway and we face the stark realization that we’re lacking our local weather targets globally.

However there’s hope. Meals loss and waste (FLW) are important contributors to human-caused greenhouse fuel (GHG) emissions, chargeable for 8-10% of emissions globally. Decreasing FLW alone can reduce methane emissions by as much as 15%, which is half of the World Methane Pledge of 30% discount by 2030. To drive down emissions and preserve international warming under the essential 1.5ºC, meals loss and waste discount is a high local weather answer that have to be accounted for in nations’ Nationally Decided Commitments (NDCs) in direction of the Paris Local weather Settlement.

NDCs Globally


At present, solely 21 nations—representing 21% of the world’s inhabitants—have dedicated to decreasing meals loss and/or waste instantly inside their NDCs. Namibia, Sierra Leone, Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Gambia, China, and the UAE are a few of the international leaders committing to FLW discount efforts of their NDCs. Nevertheless, most nations’ NDCs primarily concentrate on curbing emissions by transportation and renewable vitality, with much less concentrate on addressing meals and agriculture—a essential a part of the answer.

Whereas some nations (comparable to the UK, South Africa, and Iceland) do point out FLW in secondary paperwork, 90% of nations submitting NDCs (together with the US) have but to decide to FLW discount.

America Wants FLW in its NDC

Whereas the US has demonstrated its management and dedication to the local weather disaster with the current passage of the Inflation Discount Act and the Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act, meals loss and waste discount stays a lacking piece in its NDC. The US has a robust historical past of engaged on FLW below the final three administrations – proving FLW will not be a partisan concern. In 2015, the US federal authorities dedicated to the worldwide aim of decreasing FLW by 50% by 2030. In 2018, the federal authorities launched the Federal Interagency Meals Loss and Waste Collaboration, and recommitted to it in 2020. The Biden-Harris administration has additional underscored the significance of FLW discount in its Nationwide Technique on Starvation, Diet, and Well being and Methane Emissions Discount Motion Plan. Whereas US companies, shoppers, and civil society have all taken essential steps ahead to voluntarily scale back meals loss and waste, we’re removed from assembly our nationwide aim.

We urge the USA to incorporate a FLW discount goal of fifty% by 2030 in its NDC to the Paris Local weather Settlement, as referred to as for within the US Meals Loss & Waste Coverage Motion Plan.

Decreasing FLW by 50% within the US can decrease US GHG emissions by an estimated 75 MMT CO2E yearly, rescue 4 billion meals annually for individuals in want, and create 51,000 jobs over the approaching decade. To assist notice these advantages and drive widespread adoption of FLW options, we’re calling on the Biden-Harris administration to start out by adopting a FLW aim within the US 2030 NDC and account for FLW within the stocktaking of progress in direction of the Paris Local weather Settlement. Subsequent, the administration ought to embody a aim within the White Home’s forthcoming Nationwide Local weather Technique that particularly focuses on FLW, whereas additionally taking quick and complete motion on decreasing FLW by the US Methane Motion Plan. Taking these actions will assist re-establish the US as a worldwide local weather chief and ship a transparent sign to states, cities, firms, and different nations that it is very important equally make FLW discount an official a part of their local weather methods.

NDCs at COP27

Meals is on the agenda at this 12 months’s Local weather COP and, for the primary time ever, there will probably be a Meals Programs and Agriculture Day in addition to a Meals Programs Pavilion. Getting the world dedicated to FLW discount can mark the start of a local weather success story that can assist to stabilize meals insecurity whereas additionally recovering treasured international meals sources that at present go to landfills and incinerators and emit methane. And we want success tales! We’re on the fringe of an incredible alternative to make a distinction in local weather emissions, however provided that probably the most influential nations on this planet take motion.

To be taught extra in regards to the urgency and rising momentum on FLW discount, try an upcoming COP27 occasion, “A Local weather Crucial: Getting Nations and Companies Dedicated to Meals Loss and Waste Discount”. Tune into this COP27 reside occasion on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at 7 PM EET, 5 PM GMT, 12 PM ET, 9 AM PT.

Audio system will embody:

  • Inger Andersen, Govt Director of the UN Setting Program
  • Kirsten Konst, Board Member, Rabobank
  • Gareth Ackerman, Non-Govt Chair, Choose n’ Pay South Africa
  • Libby Schaaf, Mayor, Metropolis of Oakland, CA

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