According to Dr Milka Sokolović from the European Food Information Council (EUFIC), function of food packaging has traditionally been limited to passive protection from external influences, but innovations are quickly changing its role. Packaging is getting active and intelligent, able to monitor and interact with food and environment and maintain food freshness for longer. Read the […]
On 18 April the European Parliament voted to formally adopt the revised Waste Framework Directive, which will shape the next 13 years of EU action on food waste as part of the Circular Economy Package. EU Member States have two years to transpose the legislation into their national law, by 2020. Read more here.
One of the main advantages of plastic packaging is that it keeps food fresher for longer, reducing food waste. But a new study by NGOs Friends of the Earth Europe and Zero Waste Europe published on 10 April has revealed that plastic food packaging has not tackled Europe’s food waste problem and may be actually fuelling it. Read […]
Some 88 million tonnes of food are wasted in the EU every year, equivalent to 173 kilos per person. Not only is this a waste or resources, it also contributes to climate change. Parliament is working on new measures to cut food waste in the EU by 50%. Check out our infographic to find out […]
EU lawmakers today (11 April) urged the European Commission to set binding EU-wide food waste reduction targets by 2020, to be met by 2025 and 2030. The European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) today voted unanimously in favor of an own-initiative report entitled Resource efficiency: reducing food waste, improving food […]
France’s Minister for Ecology, Ségolène Royale, has obtained a series of commitments from French supermarket chains to limit food waste. She also hopes to change the EU’s expiry date system for certain foods. EurActiv France reports. Read more here.
The European Union wastes about 22 million tonnes of food a year and Britain wastes the most, according to a study by European Commission-backed researchers. Read more here.
The House of Lords, along with 16 member states, sent a letter to Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on 22 July demanding that the EU crack down on food waste. Read the Euractiv article here.
European Parliament Press release – Environment Binding waste-reduction targets, revamped ecodesign legislation and measures to break the link between growth and the use of natural resources are the chief demands set out in a resolution passed on 17 June by environment MEPs,who call on the Commission to table new legislation by the end of 2015. Click here […]
An exchange of views with the European Commission, represented by Director General Mr Karl Falkenberg, on the review of six waste directives (Waste Framework, Packaging & Packing Waste, Landfill, Batteries & Accumulators Waste, End-of-lifeVehicle, Waste Electric & Electronic Waste), followed by a public hearing on the same topic will take place on Thursday 22 January […]