On Wednesday 7 March 2018, North London Waste Authority (NLWA) ran its fourth North London Waste Prevention Exchange at Inmarsat Conference Centre, 99 City Road, London, EC1Y 1AX. As with previous years, the conference consisted of a morning session with presentations and an afternoon workshop. The focus was food waste prevention and examined the different approaches and how to secure long term behaviour change.
The morning session was chaired by Councillor Clyde Loakes, Chair of NLWA and Deputy Leader of London Borough of Waltham Forest who invited speakers from across the UK and Europe to share their experiences and expertise.
The conference included a UK perspective on approaches towards food waste behaviour change from Resource London, and a European perspective from Brussels Environment and Wageningen University. There were representatives from a range of sectors, including academics, retailers and the third sector. With a focus on consumer engagement, representatives from East of England Co-op discussed the role of supermarkets in reducing household food waste, whilst representatives from The London Community Foundation discussed the Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund and made links between food waste prevention and surplus food redistribution in the UK.
The afternoon workshop, open to all delegates, aimed to put learning from the morning session into practice by exploring priorities when devising a waste prevention programme.
The conference agenda can be viewed here and slides from the morning and afternoon sessions and summary report are available via the links below:
- Session one: the role of public engagement as a tool for tacking food waste
- Session two: planning a food waste prevention programme: priorities, actions and monitoring based on the 4E model
- Summary Report 2018
For any enquiries about the conference, please email email@example.com.
Speakers' short biographies are below:
Antony Buchan, Head of Programme at Resource London. Antony presented in the morning session on the TRIFOCAL programme, explaining the approach and including any initial findings or outcomes. Antony leads the Resource London programme, supporting London waste authorities to deliver significant savings and improve performance. He is a waste management professional with 17+ years’ experience in local, regional and national government and the commercial sector. A member of the negotiating team that created LWARB, Antony has been working for LWARB since its establishment.
- Joséphine Henrion, Head of Food and Consumption Unit at Brussels Environment. Joséphine presented in the morning session on the Brussels Good Food Strategy; its background, scope, challenges and achievements. Joséphine is working on the implementation of the Good Food Regional Strategy (5-year action plan - 2016-2020) which aims to reduce the environmental impact of the Brussels food system. An economist by training, she is in charge of food distribution projects, the catering trade, and food waste prevention projects and has been working for Brussels Environment since 2011.
- Hilke Bos-Brouwers (Ph.D.), Senior Scientist at Wageningen University and Research. Since 2010, Hilke has been working on sustainable food chains, food waste and resource efficiency at Wageningen Food & Biobased Research and prior to that as Innovation Management & CSR researcher at VU University Amsterdam & Nyenrode Business University. Hilke has been involved in several national, European and international projects on innovation, food waste, supply chain management, plastic packaging recycling and biobased resource efficiency. Hilke is Scientific Coordinator to the European funded projects FUSIONS (Food Use for Social Innovation by Optimising Waste Prevention Strategies 2012 - 2016) and REFRESH (Resource Efficient Food and Drink for the Entire Supply Chain 2015 – 2019).
Roger Grosvenor, Joint Chief Executive at the East of England Co-op. Roger presented in the morning session on the role of supermarkets in reducing household food waste. Roger has spent 46 years in Retail covering many disciplines, initially working with Co-operative Retail Services (a product of the Co-operative College), he moved to East Anglia in the early 80's to the Independent Co-op sector. Roger sits as a Director for the Federal Retail Trading Services Board, also on the council of the Association of Convenience Stores. He is a non Executive Director of two local organisations, The Raedwald Trust and The Recovery Hub Ipswich.
Tania Skae, Senior Programme & Relationships Manager, the London Community Foundation. Tania presented in the morning session on the Food for London campaign. Tania is responsible for designing new programmes, assessing and awarding grants, developing new funds and relationships and managing The Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund. Tania has 14 years fundraising and grants management experience. Her previous roles have included Fundraising for Teens and Toddlers, Regeneration Funding Consultant for a construction consultancy firm and Grants Manager at The Big Lottery Fund.
- Dimitra Rappou, Waste Prevention Manager at North London Waste Authority. Dimitra has 16+ years’ experience in environmental management and has worked for local and regional government, and the commercial and third sector. She has been working in waste management since 2004 and joined NLWA in 2008, where she is in charge of devising and developing north London’s waste prevention programme, leading the NLWA waste prevention team and developing joint projects on waste prevention initiatives with borough councils, external stakeholders and the community and voluntary sector.
The team at Ricardo Energy and Environment facilitated the afternoon workshop, which was on planning a food waste prevention programme. John Woodruff presented the session, supported by colleagues Chris Radway and Chidubem Nwabufo. The team has many years of experience implementing and advising on food waste prevention initiatives for local authorities and businesses and will bring this insight to the session.
From the left: John Woodruff, Anastasia Sousanoglou, Sarahjane Widdowson and Chidubem Nwabufo