Benefits of reducing global food waste

This report highlights the need for action on food waste and provides concrete examples of how this can be achieved. 

Reducing global consumer food waste could save US$120-300 billion per year by 2030 according to the report  by WRAP and the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. To achieve this would require a 20-50% reduction in consumer food waste.

One third of all food produced in the world ends up as waste, while the value of global consumer food waste is more than US$400 billion per year. As the global middle class expands over the course of the decade, the cost could rise to US$600 billion, according to the new research.

Reducing food waste can also make a significant contribution to tackling climate change. 7% of all global greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), 3.3 billion tonnes CO2 equivalent (CO2eq) per year, are due to food waste.

WRAP estimates that by 2030 global GHGs could be lowered by at least 0.2 and possibly as much as 1 billion tonnes CO2eq per year through food waste reductions, more than the annual emissions of Germany.

Investments of time and money will be required, but the potential economic and environmental benefits are huge, and the consequences of not taking sufficient action are serious – for billions of individuals, countries, and the food system as a whole.