MQT on 2019-03-21
Session date: 
March 21, 2019
Question By: 
Leonie Cooper
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Have you considered a follow up to your FoodSave programme?




Answered By: 
The Mayor

Following the success of the FoodSave programme, which worked with 170 small and medium sized food sector businesses, I have created a legacy by applying lessons from the programme. The tools, resources and lessons learnt from FoodSave have been integrated into the London wide Trifocal project which is helping to continue to reduce food waste across the city. The project is delivered by LWARB and WRAP.

Trifocal is targeting food waste reduction in 1,000 food service business and 30 large employers; and cascading learning and training to 50 Environmental Health Practitioners. In turn, they will influence up to 10,000 other businesses and 330,000 consumers. FoodSave materials and information has also been used by other programmes, such as Advance London delivery on the Circular Economy route map and WRAPs ‘Your Business is Food’ national campaign designed for reducing food waste in the hospitality sector.

In my London Environment Strategy, I have set a commitment to reduce food waste by 50 per cent per capita by 2050 and as a result I am now a Champion of Sustainable Development Goal 12.3, which is a worldwide coalition of government and business leaders to reduce food waste and losses throughout the food supply chain by 50 per cent by 2050. I will be working with other Champions across the world to support London to reduce its food waste, through promoting best practice, leading by example and promoting the need to reduce food waste and losses.