ISS has signed the Cool Food Pledge, a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with the food it serves globally by 25 per cent by 2030, from its 2019 baseline.
In addition, ISS will halve its food waste by 2027. To meet these ambitious targets, ISS is rolling out a global food sustainability programme that includes training, innovation and a global partnership with technology company, Winnow.
Signing the Cool Food Pledge is part of ISS’s roadmap to reach the company’s newly launched global targets of net zero greenhouse gas emissions within scope 1 and 2 by 2030 and full-scope net zero emissions by 2040.
Hamish Cook, head of global food services, ISS World Services A/S, said: “I am excited to be accelerating our global efforts within food sustainability. On an industry level, food production alone accounts for a quarter of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
“At the same time, more than 1 billion tons of food is lost or wasted every year. ISS is an Integrated Facility Services provider to the largest portfolio of workplaces across the globe – this comes with both a huge responsibility and also the opportunity to be a driver of change in the industry.”
The commitment to the Cool Food Pledge will be enforced by ISS’s broader food sustainability programme, including responsible sourcing initiatives, reduction of single use plastic, eco-friendly products, new technologies, food donation programmes and partnerships.
As another key initiative in 2022, ISS will make it a requirement to record food waste in all food service contracts.
“We believe that these initiatives will help us realise our ambitions of 25 percent food waste reductions by 2023 and 50 percent reductions in 2027,” said Cook.
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