The COP26 started this 31st of October in Glasgow, United Kingdom. This international conference intends to accelerate action towards the goals established of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Among the challenges that need to be addressed is the food system’s transition towards sustainability, inclusivity and resilience. To put this into figures, food accounts for 26% of the global greenhouse emissions. The World Union of Wholesale Markets (WUWM) has signed the Glasgow Food and Climate Declaration in support of the COP26 goals.
"WUWM truly supports the COP26 goals and efforts," it stated, "and strongly believes that the transformation of food systems should be at the core of COP26 discussions."
WUWM is glad to announce that we have signed the Glasgow Food and Climate Declaration along many other major stakeholders (such as FAO, GAIN, ICLEI, C40) and cities — a commitment by subnational governments to tackle the climate emergency through integrated food policies and a call on national governments to act. WUWM supports the Declaration and its food systems approach on a subnational level that promises to accelerate climate action with more green food policies.
Wholesale markets can play a virtuous role in addressing the reduction of GHG emissions in a sustainable and resilient way. By making the distribution of food more local and supply chains shorter, they significantly reduce the amount of energy needed. Modern wholesale markets also contribute to the reduction of food waste while fostering better logistics that prevents food waste and can scale-up innovative circular economy solutions – like recycling or upcycling of fresh produce or material used.