Introduce mandatory food waste reporting, says Tesco

Following the publication of a report suggesting that the UK will miss the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 12.3 of halving food waste by 2030, UK supermarket Tesco has called for the UK Government to introduce mandatory food waste reporting.

The report was published by Champions 12.3, a coalition of groups committed to achieving the SDG 12.3, and suggested that a lack of sufficient food waste data is a barrier to food waste prevention. Although 156 of the largest food companies have committed to reducing food waste, less than a third are publishing their annual food waste data. Tesco, however, has shown dedication to reducing its food waste, and was the first UK retailer to publish food waste data in 2013.

Dave Lewis, Tesco CEO and Chair of Champions 12.3, said: “A lot of food companies have pledged to tackle food waste, but without transparency it will not be able to judge if they are delivering on their commitment. Publishing food waste data is vital and must be mandatory if the UK is to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 to halve food waste by 2030.”