On a global scale, about one third of the food ends up as waste - an estimated 1.3 billion tonnes per year. And yet, 821 million people are starving worldwide. For every kilogramme of uneaten bread, 1600 litres of water are wasted. Global food waste accounts for 8 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions. At first, that does not sound like a big deal, but if food waste were a country, it would be the third largest producer of CO2 after the US and China. We consider it an ethical, ecological, and economic waste. In 2015, Metro AG committed to reducing food waste in its own operations by 50% by 2025. Not only do we work closely with the United Nations World Food Programme. Our measures at a glance:
Food Banks - An Exemplary Distributor
Food banks collect leftover, consumable food and distribute it to the needy. However, donations of meat and fish products in particular are often subject to special health regulations. In France, METRO is helping set up non-profit soup kitchens that meet all the required freshness standards.