|ALC carbon outcome||Enabling BP or 3rd parties to meet low carbon objectives|
5,300 tonnes CO₂e [Jan-Dec 2018]
Food waste is a growing problem; in Australia alone more than 3.1 million tonnes of food ends up as landfill. This is important because when food rots with other organic compounds in landfill sites it releases methane, a greenhouse gas that, while short-lived in the atmosphere, has a higher global warming potential, compared to carbon dioxide (CO2).
BP Australia is helping to address this and in 2017 created a five-year partnership with OzHarvest, Australia's leading food rescue organization. Every week OzHarvest rescues more than 180 tonnes of food that would otherwise be destined for landfill from more than 3,500 donors, including supermarkets, hotels, airports and catering companies. It then delivers the food to more than 1,300 charities that support people in need. As a result, this food – and its associated potential methane emissions – are diverted away from landfill sites.
Under the relationship, BP Australia donates AUS$1,000,000 a year to OzHarvest. Half of these funds are used to run the organization's collection and delivery trucks. The other half supports OzHarvest's education programme to raise awareness of the role that food waste plays in climate change, sustainability and hunger relief. OzHarvest also collects leftover food from 120 of our retail stations.