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Food waste changes in the Swedish public catering sector in relation to global reduction targets

Malefors, Christopher and Strid, Ingrid and Eriksson, Mattias (2022). Food waste changes in the Swedish public catering sector in relation to global reduction targets. Resources, Conservation and Recycling. 185 , 106463
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Global food waste reductions are difficult to evaluate. The global ambition is to halve food waste by 2030. In this study, eight years of food waste quantification data from Swedish public catering were used to monitor changes and evaluate progress towards global reduction targets. A 15–30% reduction was observed and the current trend was a declining level of food waste within the sector. The goal of halving food waste by 2030 appears to be achievable, provided that all canteens perform in line with those studied. However, the canteens studied may represent the best-performing, so the actual change or current levels of food waste may have been underestimated. The present situation (2020) is that approximately 19,000–21,000 tonnes of food waste are generated annually in Swedish preschools and schools. Therefore, canteens in these establishments need appropriate tools to monitor waste levels and progress, and incentives encouraging them to continue reducing food waste.

Authors/Creators:Malefors, Christopher and Strid, Ingrid and Eriksson, Mattias
Title:Food waste changes in the Swedish public catering sector in relation to global reduction targets
Series Name/Journal:Resources, Conservation and Recycling
Year of publishing :2022
Volume:185
Article number:106463
Number of Pages:9
ISSN:0921-3449
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 2 Engineering and Technology > 207 Environmental Engineering > Environmental Management
Keywords:canteen, meal planning, sustainability aspects, food systems, public sector, food service, school meal
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-117446
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http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-117446
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DOI10.1016/j.resconrec.2022.106463
ID Code:28435
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Energy and Technology
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:13 Jul 2022 11:26
Metadata Last Modified:13 Jul 2022 12:01

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