Westminster Food and Nutrition Forum

Date and time: 
Thursday, 20 October, 2016 - 08:30 - 13:00

Next steps for UK food waste policy: innovation, partnerships and energy recovery

Dr Richard Swannell, Director of Sustainable Food Systems, WRAP is the guest of honour at the Westminster Food and Nutrition Forum's 'Next steps for UK food waste policy: innovation, partnerships and energy recovery'.

This conference will offer a timely opportunity to discuss the priorities for reducing food waste in the UK.

Delegates will be able to consider the future of mandatory food waste regulation in light of WRAP’s new voluntary agreement - The Courtauld Commitment 2025, aiming to develop collaborative frameworks to reduce inefficiencies in food and drink production and consumption, and the next steps for UK waste policy and its relationship with European Commission’s Circular Economy Strategy in light of the EU referendum.

Further discussion areas include priorities for the distribution of food surplus and the future of energy recovery innovation - including next steps for the development and investment of the anaerobic digestion industry.

Planned sessions will examine best practice and innovative ways to reduce waste from producer to consumer, the effect of voluntary agreements as well as local and national drives and the future role of government bodies, industry and the third sector in creating a more sustainable food supply chain.

Keynote addresses from: Dr Richard Swannell, Director of Sustainable Food Systems, WRAP; Gudrun Cartwright, Environment Director, Business in the Community; Paul Crewe, Head, Sustainability, Energy and Engineering, Sainsbury's Supermarkets; Eric Giry, Agricultural Counsellor, Embassy of France in London; Peter Hajipieris, Director for CSR and External Affairs, Nomad Foods Europe; Dr Diane Mitchell, Chief Environment Adviser, NFU; Chris Preston, Deputy Director for Waste and Recycling, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Steve Read, Managing Director, Somerset Waste Partnership and Mark Varney, Director of Food, FareShare. 

Further confirmed speakers include: Jane Bickerstaffe, Director, INCPEN. 

Baroness Jenkin of Kennington, Vice Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Food Waste and Kerry McCarthy MP, Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Food Waste have agreed to chair this seminar.

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