Agriculture, Food and Marine Minister Charlie McConalogue encouraged the public to have their say on Ireland’s draft National Roadmap for Food Waste Prevention.

The closing date has been extended to Monday, March 28.

Global food waste is estimated to release 3.3 billion tonnes of CO2 equivalent into the atmosphere each year, with Ireland producing more than 1 million tonnes of waste a year, according to Minister McConalogue.

The Minister invited all players in the agri-food sector, including retailers, food services, processors and primary producers to participate in the consultation. He said:

“Tackling food waste, reducing it or eliminating it completely, is a way to respect the world-class food produced on farms and by our producers, as well as play a major role in protecting the environment.”

The National Food Waste Prevention Roadmap will set out a series of actions to reduce food waste by 50% by 2030, the Ministry of Environment, Climate and Communications said.

Ireland is committed to achieving this goal in line with the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

About half of food waste is estimated to come from the processing and manufacturing sector, with the rest coming from households, restaurants and food services, as well as retail and distribution, according to the department.

The Food Vision 2030 strategy for sustainable development in the agri-food sector aims to develop a national roadmap for the prevention of food waste which also aims to promote the transition to a circular economy.

Minister McConalogue added that public insight into how food waste reduction can be achieved is invaluable and can help achieve the goal of halving food waste in Ireland.