Challenges for food loss prevention from a life cycle perspective: Case study of Kyoto City

Yano, J.; Yanagawa, R.: Matsuda, T.; Asari, M.; Hirai, Y.; Niijima, T.; Katsumi, J.; Yamada, T.; Sakai, S. (2017) Presented at 4th International Conference on Final Sinks, Kyoto, Japan, October 26, 2017

Food loss prevention is a global concern as it brings environmental, economic, and social benefits.
In addition to being the only city in Japan to have continually assessed the scale and characteristics of food loss and food waste, Kyoto is the first to set numerical targets for reducing food losses, to 50,000 tons (94 g/(capita·day)) by 2020, which is approximately half of the peak level of 96,000 tons in fiscal year (FY) 2000. This paper aims to introduce a food waste composition survey that was used to monitor progress towards food loss prevention and to illustrate the consequent environmental effects achieved from a life cycle perspective, using Kyoto City as a case study.


food loss, waste prevention, life cycle analysis, field survey