ISS pledges to slash volume of food waste from its kitchens

Rendisk food waste

ISS Facility Services UK has pledged to tackle food waste by signing up to the industry Courtauld Commitment 2025.

The ambitious 10-year voluntary agreement brings together organisations across the food system – from producer to consumer – to make food and drink production and consumption more sustainable, from the farm to the fork.

The need for a step change in how food and drink is produced and consumed is widely recognised.

Demand is rising, both in the UK and globally, and the UK food and drink supply chain will be subject to growing volatility as resource scarcity increases and the impacts of climate change take greater effect.

It is also estimated that for every two tonnes of food that is eaten, another tonne is wasted.

The shared ambition of Courtauld 2025 signatories is to cut the resources needed to provide food and drink by one fifth in 10 years, increasing value for everyone.

The agreement is overseen and co-ordinated by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP). Targeted overall outcomes from 2015 to 2025, calculated as a relative reduction per head of population, are:

  • A 20% reduction in food and drink waste arising in the UK
  • A 20% reduction in the greenhouse gas (GHG) intensity of food and drink consumed in the UK
  • A reduction in impact associated with water use in the supply chain

Stephen Waterman, managing director of ISS Food and Hospitality, said the company has an important role to play in reducing food waste as a major provider of catering services to both public and private sector clients.

“We have already been taking steps to reduce food waste in our business by providing our chefs and kitchen teams with a simple app that enables them to track and minimise food waste over time, plus there’s plenty more we will be doing on this issue. We’re all hugely excited about the opportunities for innovation and knowledge-sharing that membership of Courtauld 2025 will bring.”

All of ISS’ UK catering businesses have all collectively signed up and formed a working group that will collaborate with WRAP and other organisations across the food system to pilot innovative new approaches for reducing food waste.

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