IFST Sustainability Group
In this live, online, panel session, IFST will have their four expert panelists who will share facts, experiences, express opinions, and answer online questions about the Impact of COP26 on the Food Sector.
COP26 represents the 26th conference of the parties under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, held at Glasgow in November 2021. There is an urgent need to keep the temperature of the planet under control – limiting climate increase to 1.5 degrees. This requires us to reach 'net-zero', i.e. to balance between the amount of greenhouse gas produced and the amount removed from the atmosphere. COP26 provides an opportunity for world leaders to plan the next steps towards protecting and restoring critical ecosystems and transitioning to more sustainable ways of life.
Panelist: Judith Batchelar, Director of Corporate Responsibility, Sustainability and Public Affairs, CR&S
Judith was responsible for all aspects of Sainsbury's product offers, from Policy formation on aspects such as Ethical and Sustainable Sourcing to Product Technology, Product Development, Product Safety, Packaging, Corporate Responsibility, and Public Affairs.
Panelist: Dr Christian Reynolds, Senior Lecturer, Centre for Food Policy, City University, Senior Tutor for Research, Centre for Food Policy
Christian is recognised as a global expert on food loss and waste and sustainable diets. He has worked on these issues in Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, the UK, US, and Europe. He is the lead editor of the Routledge Handbook of Food Waste (2019); he has also co-authored over 50 peer-reviewed publications, as well as multiple reports and book chapters. Christian has given evidence to UK and NZ parliaments on FLW and contributed to the Food Loss and Waste Accounting and Reporting Standard. Christian also researches sustainable cookery; food history; and the political power of food in international relations.
Christian is the Principal Investigator of:
- AHRC US-UK Food Digital Scholarship Network, which provides a platform for US and UK cultural institutions, and researchers to network around the topic of food.
- NERC Sustainable Plastics Packaging project: "Reducing plastic packaging and food waste through product innovation simulation." This project expands and enhances the Household Simulation Model to focus on plastic food packaging to help manufactures provide the right type of packaging to reduce both food and plastic waste. the Household Simulation Model is currently used by WRAP and the industry to reduce food waste in many food products.
- Alpro Foundation funded project: "Communicating the environmental impact of plant-based recipes". This project produces a tool that calculates the calories, the biodiversity, economic, and climate benefits of plant-based recipes.
Panelist: Lucy Foster, Food Chain Research Programme Manager, DEFRA
Chair: Gavin Milligan, Director, Green Knight Sustainability Consulting
Gavin has over 30 years’ experience in the chemical and food sectors in positions up to Board level, in businesses of various sizes, from SMEs to large multinationals and has worked in diverse roles including operations, supply chain, procurement and sales. He has worked on resource efficiency collaborations including WRAP’s Product Sustainability Forum, IGD’s ‘Working on Waste’ initiative and FDF’s Sustainability Steering Group. He continues to be active on advisory Boards in the private, public and third sectors.
Now full-time as a consultant, current and former clients include businesses in manufacturing, energy and packaging & components, together with trade bodies, and organisations outside the commercial sector covering ethical trade, international development, public sector knowledge transfer and academic research bodies. A qualified scientist, Gavin is also active with the research community through the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) and BBSRC-funded Networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy, co-authors research papers and has input into post-graduate courses in scientific and business education.
A regular conference speaker, Gavin has also developed and delivered conferences around sustainability in manufacturing covering waste valorisation, resource efficiency and innovation alongside ‘softer’ topics including communities and biodiversity. He has organised and supported events and external speakers for a wide range of organisations and provides workshops and seminars for a broad business audience.