Food and Feed Safety - Call for applications for European Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste launched!
The need to prevent and reduce food waste, while ensuring the safety of the food and feed chain, is a subject of growing societal, economic, environmental and political interest. According to the most recent assessment of food waste levels published by the EU-funded research project, FUSIONS, around 88 million tonnes of food waste are produced in the EU-28 each year, amounting to an estimated 143 billion euros. The equivalent of 20% of total food produced in the EU is considered to end up as food waste while it is estimated that 55 million people in the EU are not able to afford a quality meal every second day (Eurostat, October 2015).
The EU and Member States are committed to meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by all global actors in 2015, including a target (SDG 12.3) to halve per capita food waste at the retail and consumer level by 2030, and reduce food losses along the food production and supply chains. In its Communication and Action Plan to promote Circular Economy (COM(2015)614), the Commission has singled out food waste prevention as a priority area.
In order to support achievement of the SDG 12.3 target on food waste, the Commission will establish a Platform dedicated to food waste prevention, bringing together all relevant actors: national administrations in the EU-28 and EFTA countries, EU bodies, international organisations and actors in the food value chain including consumer and other non-governmental organisations. The EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste (FLW), established as part of the action plan to promote Circular Economy, aims to support all actors in: defining measures needed to prevent food waste; sharing best practice; and evaluating progress made over time.
A call for applications for private sector organisations with expertise in food waste prevention to establish, together with public entities, the European Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste (FLW) has opened today and will run until 27 May 2016. All relevant information and documents are available on the dedicated web page.
Final FUSIONS EPM: No More Food to Waste - Innovative actions towards halving food waste across EU-28
NEW DATE for the FUSIONS European Platform Meeting – 19 May
After the postponement of the FUSIONS meeting due to the tragic events in Brussels last month, we have established a new date for the meeting: Thursday 19 May, from 9 – 18 hrs at Hotel Bloom (Brussels). Please visit our website www.eu-fusions.org/index.php/epm-2016 ) to see any updates on the programme and more information.
As we have reached the maximum capacity of the venue, we are taking new registrations until 12th of May based on the waiting list principle (first-come-first-serve). Your participation will be confirmed via email.
Hotel Bloom’s negotiated booking rates for this event can be found here: http://bookings.ihotelier.com/bookings.jsp?groupID=1618203&hotelID=6500
The EPM presents an excellent opportunity to meet-up with the leading organisations on food waste prevention & innovation across Europe. This final event will highlight the benefits and impacts for business and policy from taking actions to reduce food waste. During interactive sessions several leading business will share their perspectives and best practices, including key-notes and discussion about the European Circular Economy and the recently launched Champions 12.3 Coalition to inspire global action to reduce food loss & waste.
The event is free of charge, including lunch and coffee breaks; all participants must cover their own travel & accommodation expenses, including dinner.