Step up to the plate – and help halve food waste by 2030

Wasting food is an environmental, moral and financial scandal. If global food waste were a country, it would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases after the USA and China. An estimated 800 million people in the world do not have enough to eat, and in the UK we squander 10 million tonnes of food and drink every year.

Businesses throw away food worth an estimated £5 billion, and £15 billion is wasted from our homes (on average around £500 a year).

Ben Elliot, the Government’s Food Surplus and Waste Champion is asking everyone to join together, raise their voices and commit to real action to stop food being wasted. It is time to step up to the plate.

A list of those organisations that have signed the Pledge can be found here On the 13th May 2019 Ben Elliot hosted a major symposium - ‘Step up to the Plate’ - at London’s prestigious V&A Museum. Major players from the worlds of food retail and hospitality, along with social media influencers and well-known chefs, joined forces to pledge ground-breaking action to reduce food waste, a driver of climate change.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove and Minister Thérèse Coffey were among the first to sign up to the Pledge – which includes a goal to halve food waste by 2030.

If you or your organisation would like to show your commitment, please sign the Pledge with your e-signature and send to Defra. A list of those organisations that have signed the Pledge can be found here. If you have any questions about the Pledge please see the Q&A document or contact Defra.