Effectively Reducing Food Waste

  • Project no. 351278
  • Duration 05/2017 - 11/2017

Preventing food waste is one of the major topics when it comes to waste prevention as the highest step in the waste prevention hierarchy. With regard to the Paris Agreement, preventing food waste offers great climate protection and resource conservation potentials. About one third of the food produced worldwide ends up as food waste. In Europe alone, about 35 % of food along the supply chain becomes waste annually, which equals 280-300 kg per capita and year.

There are already some exemplary initiatives and measures at the different levels of the food supply chain but a more holistic approach drawing on the full potentials along the supply chain is still missing.

Against this background, the Federal Environmental Agency (UBA) initiated this project. Its aim is to gather and develop (new) approaches and solutions for preventing food waste along the food supply chain. During the forum in Berlin on 5 September 2017, participants from all levels of the food supply chain will be discussing the transferability of these approaches and solutions to other players in results-driven workshops, which focus on the topics of cosmetic standards, logistic systems, commercial kitchens and industrial users, food donations, and formats of communication for sustainable consumption.

The project and the forum aim to leverage the potentials at the interfaces between the different levels of the food supply chain.