Food Waste The facts behind food waste are truly shocking. By 2030, the amount of food that is wasted (either lost or thrown away) every year is estimated to rise by a third to 2.1 billion tonnes equivalent to 66 tonnes per second according to a new report by Boston Consulting Group (BCG). The BCG report also warns that food waste is continuing to escalate and that the global response to the problem is ‘fragmented and inadequate’. What’s more, we have little chance of meeting the UN targets to halve food waste by 2030. If we all take the mandatory steps towards preventing the disposal of food, which could have simply been consumed, it will not only help save you money but it will also reduce the amount of harmful Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions released back into our atmosphere. More shocking food waste facts: Food waste accounts for 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions according to the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). Excluding fish and seafood, the direct economic consequences of food waste equate to £578 billion annually. It is estimated that food waste releases 3.3 billion tonnes of CO2 equivalent of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions into the atmosphere per year. 1.4 billion hectares of land, 28% of the world's agricultural area, is used every year to produce food that is lost or wasted. The majority of food waste ends up in landfills and represents a large part of the municipal solid waste. Methane emissions from landfills represent one of the largest sources of GHG emissions from the waste sector. Food waste contributes more to climate change than packaging waste. If we all stopped wasting good food, it would equate to taking 1 in 4 cars off UK roads. 920,000 tonnes of food worth £2.5bn is thrown away every year in the UK hospitality sector In the UK hospitality and catering sector, the amount of food wasted each year is estimated to be £3.5billion, equivalent to 1.3billion meals (one in five meals). We live in cities where both needless food waste and food poverty co-exist.