Dec. 12, 2020

Max Van Biene | How COVID taught us to love our food and save our planet

Max Van Biene | How COVID taught us to love our food and save our planet

Did you know that Australians waste 126 kg of food per person every year?

Food waste is one of the least discussed sources of greenhouse gases, but it is also a low hanging fruit - pun intended - to reduce our impact and help us change climate change.

The Australian government set the target to cut food waste by half by 2030, hear from Max Van Biene about what is his company going to analyse, synthesize and try to solve this problem and learn what you can do to help, and also how this will help you save a lot of money. Max Van Biene is a sustainability strategist, corporate ESG advisor and for-purpose facilitator & coach.

References (in order):

SDG Target 12.3 on Food Loss and Waste – 2019 Progress Report (2019)

WRI – Reducing Food Loss and Waste – Setting a Global Action Agenda (2019)

A Roadmap for reducing Australia’s food waste by half by 2030, Food Innovation Australia Limited (2019)

Foodbank Hunger Report, Foodbank (2020)

Citizen’s responses to the COVID-19 lockdown – Food purchasing, management and waste, WRAP (2020)

What consumer-goods sales leaders must do to emerge stronger from the pandemic, McKinsey & Co (2020)

Having started his career as a strategist in the advertising industry, Max suffered an existential crisis and retrained in organisational sustainability. In his role as Head of Sustainability Strategy at Edge Environment Max works with organisations of all sizes to develop evidence-based roadmaps that minimise their negative environmental and social impact whilst driving purpose and delivering commercial returns.

Max is currently leading the National Food Waste strategy to determine how Australia can meet the target of halving food waste by 2030. Max is also committee chair of the Sydney B-Corp network and chairs of ESG committee at a number of corporate and not-for-profit organisations.

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