SYRACUSE, N.Y.–Halving food waste by 2030 and reducing greenhouse gas emissions are among the United Nations’ top Sustainable Development Goals. In support of feeding more and wasting less through a strengthened cold chain, Carrier will build on its inaugural “World Cold Chain Summit to Reduce Food Waste,” held in London in 2014, and host a second summit, in Singapore, on Dec. 2-3, 2015, said a release.
Carrier is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp.
The summit will convene global leaders in the supply chain private sector, academia and government to discuss food waste in emerging and developed economies. During panel discussions and interactive workshops, participants will identify actions needed to accelerate progress in cold chain technology and policy development.
“With new technologies and practices for a more efficient cold chain, significant progress can be made to reduce global carbon dioxide emissions, improve cross-border economic activity and help reduce hunger,” said David Appel, president, Carrier Transicold & Refrigeration Systems. “We are proud to convene and engage experts across private and public sectors to collaborate on developing actionable strategies to reduce food waste.”
One third or more of the food we produce each year is never eaten – a fact that has been widely recognized as a global environmental, social and economic issue. Food waste generates seven percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, or 3.3 million tonnes.
There are multiple reasons why food is lost or wasted throughout the supply chain but among them is the lack or deficiency of the cold chain as described in the FAO findings. The issue is most dire in countries with the least developed economies, but even in these countries where the cold chain is in nascent stages of development, there are many opportunities to strengthen it in order to preserve, protect and deliver perishable foods safely to market, and thus help to reduce food waste, said the release.