The REFRESH Pilot Working Platform in Germany brings together representatives from the food industry, retail and ministries at the national level as well as civil society organizations. They discuss the status quo on food waste and food waste policy in Germany and develop a Framework for Action.

Contact: Patrik Eisenhauer, Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP)

REFRESH business engagement gets off the ground. The third meeting of the German Pilot Working Platform (PWP) took place on 06/10/2016 at the CSCP’s premises in Wuppertal. Representatives from retail, the food industry, ministries at federal and national level as well as civil society organizations agreed upon five priority topics to tackle with a number of collaborative projects from 2017 on.

REFRESH has the objective to bring together different stakeholders from all stages of the production and supply chain and to lead them closer towards the goal of reducing food waste and loss. This will be implemented through effective measures, especially those that do not stem from legal necessities. The Framework for Action guides cooperation within the German Business Engagement Steering Committee (German National Platform).

In the 2nd meeting of the German Business Engagement Steering Committee meeting, the participating organizations finalized the Framework for Action (FA) to combat food waste across the whole value chain. With this document we have an excellent basis to define projects to reduce food waste at the relevant food value chain stages.

On February 2, 2016, fourteen organisations joined the first Pilot Working Platform meeting in Wuppertal, Germany.