EU Parliament’s Environment Committee adopts position on Waste Framework Directive
15 Feb 2024
On Wednesday, the Environment Committee MEPs adopted their position on the proposed Waste Framework Directive revision, setting more ambitious targets for reducing food waste. The ...
The hidden value of agri-food by-products
02 Nov 2023
A consortium of EU-funded projects is studying new methods to give snack foods a second life. A FoodTank article reports that many supermarket products leave behind production resi...
Date marking bias leads to food waste, study says
17 Jul 2023
A study conducted by researchers from Ohio State University found that up to half of US consumers may be throwing away perfectly good milk based solely on the best-before-date labe...
Open letter to the European Commission on keeping up the ambition in times of energy crisis
05 Dec 2022
Together with 29 other organisations and associations, Zero Waste Europe (ZWE) sent an open letter to the President of the European Commission, the Executive-Vice-President, the Co...
Food Waste Reduction Targets for 2030 – SAFE’s contribution
29 Oct 2021
On 29 October 2021, SAFE answered to an EC Public Consultation on Food Waste and Losses (FWL) reduction targets. Read our response here and our full contribution here. SAFE welcome...
Retailers join a coalition to meet foodwaste reduction targets
26 Aug 2020
A new coalition of 14 retailers (Coalition of Action on Food Waste), including Nestlé, Tesco or Bel Group (to name but a few) and launched by the Consumer Goods Forum, committed t...
F2F Strategy: NGOs urge the EC to halve per capita Food Waste at Farm level
09 Jul 2020
Back in May 2020, we welcomed the publication of the European Commission’s Farm to Fork (F2F) Strategy for a fair, healthy, and environmentally-friendly food system. In thi...
Belgian supermarkets donate 460,000 meals
17 Apr 2020
Belgian supermarkets donated 233 tonnes of food to Food Banks or other social organizations. in view of the unprecedented shift in demand for food redistribution across communities...
Researchers call for a rethink of supply chains to tackle food waste at consumer level
05 Mar 2020
According to researchers from Wageningen University, current food waste estimates published by the FAO do not take the effect on affluence on consumer behaviour into account. Incen...
‘Use by’ or ‘best before’? Nestlé signs food waste pact to tackle label confusion on-pack
10 Feb 2020
The UK’s Food and Drink Federation has repeated its pleas that it wants to keep trading ties closely aligned with the EU’s after British prime minister Boris Johnson dismissed ...
IPCC latest report calling for global Food Waste reduction in agriculture
27 Aug 2019
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) of the United Nations issued a report in August 2019 highlighting the need for a drastic reduction of Food Waste to reduce glob...
Joint letter on the EU delegated act on the measurement of food waste
22 Nov 2018
The European Commission will soon adopt a delegated act establishing a common methodology for food waste measurement. However, it appears that the latest draft of the delegated act...
Tackling food waste: turning nemesis into a saviour
29 Jun 2018
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 ...
Landmark new EU food waste laws voted through
18 Apr 2018
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 Circ...
Plastic packaging fails to reduce food waste, study warns
12 Apr 2018
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 ...
Food waste: the problem in the EU in numbers
15 May 2017
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. Pa...
Parliament calls for mandatory EU-wide food waste targets by 2020
13 Apr 2017
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 Com...
France boosts efforts to tackle food waste
31 Aug 2015
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 exp...
EU wastes tonnes of food, and UK is the worst offender
13 Aug 2015
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....
British lawmakers demand action from Juncker on food waste
24 Jul 2015
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 Eurac...
Circular economy: “systemic change” needed to address resource scarcity
17 Jun 2015
European Parliament Press release – Environment Binding waste-reduction targets, revamped ecodesign legislation and measures to break the link between growth and the use of ...
Waste Legislative package (COD) – Exchange of views & Public Hearing
06 Jan 2015
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 & Packi...