EPA Forum on Food Waste 2023

Thursday 9 November 2023, 9:30am

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Forum on Food Waste 2023 Virtual Event
Countdown to 2030: Together against food waste 
Thursday 9th November 2023| 9:30am – 1:00pm | Online

The 2023 event theme was Countdown to 2030 - Together against Food Waste, and featured a range of presentations, case studies and interactive panels from guest speakers and businesses who are actively involved in food waste prevention and measurement. The event was hosted by Suzanne Campbell - Writer and broadcaster on food and farming.  The 2023 agenda covered areas such as the the Food Waste Charter; the importance of measuring food waste; and identifying opportunities for targeted waste reduction across the supply chain.  This event was open to all those involved in the food supply chain network, policy making or new businesses interested in accessing a valuable network for information exchange on food waste prevention and reduction activities.


Over 90 delegates tuned in on the day to watch the live broadcast, however if you didn't manage to login you can catch up on the event recordings using the links below. 

The day has been split into three sessions which correspond to the event programme - please refer to the agenda section on this website for information. 

Session 1   - Watch online here 

Session 2  - Watch online here 

Session 3 - Watch online here

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Speaker Presentations - Click the speakers names in the list below to download a PDF copy of their slide deck  

Odile Le Bolloch, EPA 

Martin Hofler, Bord Bia

Alexa Toomey, Enterprise Ireland

Aileen Deasy, Fáilte Ireland

Nicholas Reynolds, O'Brien Fine Foods

Fergus O'Sullivan, Aryzta Bakeries

Andrew McGregor, Tesco

Ingrid De Doncher, Future Planet

Sirje Stén, Finnish Ministry of Environment

Brian Quirke, Department’s Circular Economy Strategic Policy Division

      Why Attend?

      • Be informed on the latest food waste prevention activities from guest speakers across policy and business;
      • Hear perspectives and join the discussion with representatives from five State Agencies currenting supporting the Food Waste Charter - Bord Bia, BIM, Enterprise Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and Teagasc will explain what they are doing to help businesses reduce food waste;
      • Share the experience of some Food Waste Charter members from bakery, prepared foods and retail sectors on the reality of measuring, setting a target-based action plan and reducing food waste in a business;
      • Contribute to the conversation on how reporting on food waste prevention can support disclosure under the Corporate Sustainability Reporting (CSR) Directive and get an update on the progress of implementing the National Food Waste Prevention Roadmap from DECC.


      Virtual Event Registration


      09:30 - 09:30

      Session 1 - Working Together Against Food Waste

      09:30 - 09:35

      Welcome and Housekeeping

      Suzanne Campbell 

      09:35 - 09:40

      EPA Opening Remarks

      David Flynn, EPA Director

      09:40 - 09:50

      EPA Update

      Odile Le Bolloch, Food Waste Prevention Team Lead

      • Food Waste Statistics
      • National Food Waste Prevention Programme
      • Food Waste Charter and it's Supports

      09:50 - 10:45

      Round Table: State Agencies supporting the Food Waste Charter

      • Bord Bia - Martin Hofler, Origin Green Development Manager
      • BIM - Richard Donnelly, Development and Innovation Director 
      • Enterprise Ireland - Alexa Twomey, Department Manager - Sustainability, Renewable Energy & Agtech 
      • Fáilte Ireland - Aileen Deasy, Manager - Climate Action 
      • Teagasc - Ciara McDonagh, Head of Food Industry Development
      • EPA - Odile Le Bolloch, Food Waste Prevention Team Lead 

      Followed by panel Q&A and Live Audience Questions via Slido

      10:45 - 11:00

      Comfort Break

      11:00 - 11:05

      Session 2 - Pledge, Measure, Reduce, Report.

      Chair: Suzanne Campbell 

      11:05 - 11:15

      Case Study from Food Waste Charter Members - Measurement and Identifying areas to improve

      O'Brien Fine Foods - Nicolas Reynolds, Sustainability Manager

      11:15 - 11:25

      Case Study from Food Waste Charter Members - Measurement and Identifying areas to improve

      Aryzta - Fergus O'Sullivan, Plant Manager 

      11:25 - 11:35

      Case Study from Food Waste Charter Members - Working with Suppliers on Measurement and Prevention

      Tesco - Andrew McGregor, Head of Sustainability 

      11:35 - 12:00

      Panel Discussion

      Measuring, Reducing Food Waste and using EPA Food Waste Measurement Protocol, the Importance of data  and consistent measurement, sectoral guidance documents and examples. 

      CTC - Colum Gibson
      Mabbett - Robert Duncan
      - Andrew McGregor, Head of Sustainability
      Aryzta - Fergus O'Sullivan, Plant Manager
      O'Brien Fine Foods - Nicolas Reynolds, Sustainability Manager

      Followed by a Live Audience Questions via Slido

      12:00 - 12:10

      Comfort Break

      12:05 - 12:15

      Session 3 - Reporting on Implementation

      Chair: Suzanne Campbell 

      12:15 - 12:25

      Upcoming EU Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive

      Future Planet - Ingrid De Doncker

      12:25 - 12:35

      Mandatory Food Waste Reporting in Finland - Shift from Voluntary to Mandatory

      Finnish Ministry of Environment, Sirje Stén

      12:35 - 12:45

      Status of the Implementation of the Food Waste Prevention Roadmap

      Department of the Environment, Climate Change and Communications, Brian Quirke

      12:45 - 13:00

      Panel Discussion

      Chair: Suzanne Campbell

      Department of the Environment, Climate Change and Communications,
      Brian Quirke
      Finnish Ministry of Environment, Sirje Stén
      Future Planet, Ingrid De Doncker

      Live Audience Q&A from Slido

      13:00 - 13:05

      Closing Summary

      Suzanne Campbell


      Food Waste Charter

      The Food Waste Charter is a public expression of commitment to reduce food waste by businesses and organisations in Ireland. The Charter is a voluntary agreement to accelerate action to reach Ireland’s food waste reduction target waste in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goal 12.3. The Charter promotes a collective industry commitment to measure, reduce and report food waste along the food supply chain.

      Further information on the Food Waste Charter and how to sign up can be found at

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