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The European Council welcomes FUSIONS outcomes in its conclusions

On 28 June 2016 the European Council adopted conclusions setting out a series of initiatives to reduce food waste and losses in the future.

These measures include calls on member states and the Commission to improve monitoring and data collection to better understand the problem, to focus on preventing food waste and losses and enhancing the use of biomass in future EU legislation, and to facilitate the donation of unsold food products to charities. The Council acknowledged FUSIONS work and welcomed FUSIONS outcomes such as the Food Waste Quantification Manual.  

While the Council conclusions support the current EU initiatives, they also urge the Commission to extend the scope of its action to include food losses.

Consultation open: Country Reports on national food waste policy

We would like to kindly invite you to participate in the 2nd round of Country Reports Consultation on national food waste policy in Europe that is taking place in the framework of the FUSIONS project.

A first version of the Country Reports has been drafted for Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, Norway and Turkey (GROUP A).

More detailed information are still missing for the remaining EU countries: Belgium, Cyprus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Romania and Bulgaria (GROUP B).

Please send us your comments and contributions by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

Thank you for your participation!

Keynote Address Vytenis Andriukaitis, EU Commissioner Health & Food Safety

The EU Commissioner Health & Food Safety addressed a keynote speech at the final European FUSIONS Platform meeting which took place on May 19, at Hotel Bloom in Brussels.

Over 300 participants from various stakeholder groups in the food supply chain gathered to share and explore next steps for further actions on food waste in the EU. The participant list is now available here.

More information on the FUSIONS EPM here.


First-Ever Global Standard to Measure Food Loss and Waste Introduced by International Partnership

Key Points:

  • New international framework launched to empower businesses, governments, and other organizations to measure, report on and manage food loss and waste

  • An estimated one-third of all food is lost or wasted worldwide as it moves from where it is produced to where it is eaten, even as more than 800 million people are undernourished

  • Food loss and waste globally costs up to $940 billion per year

  • Food loss and waste generates about 8 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. If it were a country, food loss and waste would be the third-largest greenhouse gas emitter behind China and the United States

 Read more here.


Final FUSIONS EPM: No More Food to Waste - Innovative actions towards halving food waste across EU-28

Many thanks for having participated in the No More Food to Waste event!

The speakers presentations are now available here.


REFRESH: Resource Efficient Food and dRink for Entire Supply Chain

REFRESH is an EU research project taking action against food waste. 26 partners from 12 European countries and China work towards the project's goal to contribute towards Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 of halving per capita food waste at the retail and consumer level and reducing food losses along production and supply chains, reducing waste management costs, and maximizing the value from un-avoidable food waste and packaging materials.

For more information, please visit the project website for REFRESH.



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