Speakers at the summit include Didier Coulomb, general director of the International Institute of Refrigeration, Dr. Joseph Mpagalile, Agro-food Industries officer, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and Clementine O'Connor, sustainable food systems consultant, United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).
At least one third of food produced in the world is not eaten. Apparently, 7% of greenhouse gas emissions are a result of food waste. That is a 3.3 million tonnes of emissions, which is nearly as much as China and the USA produce individually.
Despite the mountain of food waste, around 800 million around the world go hungry every day. Another 2 billion people are malnourished.
The lack of proper cold chain infrastructure is one part of the problem. With proper refrigeration systems in place, more food could get to market for customers to buy and eat. Now, only around 10% of perishable foods are refrigerated, a staggeringly small amount.
David Appel, president, Carrier Transicold & Refrigeration Systems, said:
"With new technologies and practices for a more efficient cold chain, significant progress can be made to reduce global carbon dioxide emissions, improve cross-border economic activity and help reduce hunger.”