2023 Food Waste Solutions Summit
May 16-18, 2023 | St.Louis, MO
Head of Impact
Anne-Charlotte Mornington joined Olio shortly after its launch in 2015. Olio is an app that connects neighbours and businesses so that surplus food and other household items can be shared, not thrown away.
Over the past 8 years, Anne-Charlotte has supported Olio’s expansion from a few hundred users in North London to over 7 million users globally. Her focus has shifted between international expansion, partnerships, special projects, and most recently impact. After instigating Olio communities in Sweden, California and Mexico, she currently focuses on developing Olio’s certification to become a carbon project. The latter is pioneering the use of carbon credits to finance climate action in the last stages of the food supply chain.
She is an Acumen/Rockefeller Food Systems Fellowship 2022 inaugural cohort fellow and co-founder of the upcoming Carbon Insetting podcast.
Thursday, May 18th
9:00am - 10:00am
Mainstage Session | Investing in Tomorrow: Financing Food Waste Solutions to Meet the Climate Challenge
Investing in food waste reduction is at an inflection point - with several clear tailwinds indicating that deploying capital into the sector has never been more attractive. In this session, two panels will explore what the future might hold for food waste solution financing. Seasoned early stage climate investors will discuss what innovation and sector development they will be looking for in 2023 and beyond, and industry experts will discuss the potential for carbon offsets to play a role in driving capital to food waste solutions.
What is the one thing you want Summit attendees to focus on in 2023?
I would love for the summit attendees to attendees to consider how they can use carbon insetting to support their path to Net Zero.To mitigate the worst consequences of global warming on our planet, the Science Based Target Initiative recommends that we reduce a least 72% of carbon emissions coming from agriculture by no later than 2050. To meet this target, insetting mechanisms must be implemented throughout, to decarbonise supply chains, from farm to fork.Food production processes need to become at least 72% cleaner, and that includes being a lot less wasteful.
What motivates you personally to work on food waste-related issues?
When I started researching the issue of food waste while in university, the information I found was so alarming, I felt like I had no choice but to try to do something about it. Globally, a third of all the food we produce each year gets thrown away - which is worth over $1 trillion US dollars. And the environmental impact of this is absolutely devastating - it if were to be a country, food waste would be the 3rd largest source of greenhouse gas emissions after the USA and China.That’s because a landmass larger than China is used every year to grow food that’s never eaten - that includes land that has been deforested, soil that’s been degraded and species that have been driven to extinction; it’s also all the manufacturing, packaging, refrigeration and distribution too. With an estimated 2.5 billion people joining the planet by 2050, we would need to double global food production to feed our growing population. However, at our current rate of production and waste, as of today, this is not something we know how to do.We need to find more efficient ways to produce more but we also need to reduce waste - and the opportunity to play a part in creating a less wasteful future is what gets me up in the morning.