Resource Efficient Food and dRink for the Entire Supply cHain" (REFRESH) is an EU research project taking action against food waste. Ecologic Institute is one of 26 REFRESH partners from 12 European countries and China. They 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 unavoidable food waste and packaging materials.

The EU Commission will establish an EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste. The Platform will bring together public entities (Member States/EFTA countries, EU bodies and international organisations) and actors in the food value chain including consumer- and other non-governmental organisations. Public entities are invited by the Commission to join the Platform as members. Private sector organisations can apply for participation until 27 May 2016.

We will discuss, together with our stakeholders, roadmaps towards an innovative, near zero waste Europe. Join us for this interactive stakeholder conference on the future of Europe’s circular economy. Let’s start preparing together for this event that will gather all the actors in the field: companies, researchers and governmental organizations. Let us know what your organization wants to address!

On May 31st, the Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP), a Refresh project member, is celebrating its 10-year anniversary with an “un-conference” titled “The Future of Sustainable Lifestyles, Industry 4.0 and Circular Economy.”

At this conference, national and international representatives of governments, science, civil society and businesses are invited to discuss in plenaries and dialogue forums and to contribute ideas and approaches to move forward with SDG implementation in Germany and internationally. The conference will focus on partnerships and the need to sustainably manage natural resources and change consumption and production patterns. The conference features a dialogue forum on food waste.

Representatives from key organizations of the food sector attended the first REFRESH Pilot Working Platform Steering Committee meeting in Budapest on March 22, 2016. The event was hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture and organized by the Hungarian Food Bank Association. Participants confirmed their commitment towards more efficiently using food and fighting against hunger.

Das erste Treffen der REFRESH Pilotplattform Deutschland fand am 2. Februar 2016 in Wuppertal statt. Vertreter und Verterinnen von 14 Organisationen diskutierten über den aktuellen Umgang mit Lebensmittelabfällen in Deutschland. Darunter waren Vertreter und Verterinnen aus der Nahrungsmittelindustrie, dem Einzelhandel, von Bundesministerien und der Zivilgesellschaft.

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

The EU-FUSIONs Project will hold its final project conference. The event will bring together members from its extensive stakeholder platform of over 200 Members including leading organizations and experts on food waste prevention and innovation across Europe.

REFRESH is currently conducting qualitative studies to improve the understanding of consumer behaviour and food waste. Therefore, over 20 of 24 focus groups have taken place in Spain, Germany, Hungary and the Netherlands. In each country, a total of 6 focus groups will be conducted to discuss motivations, backgrounds and situations when people throw away foods, characteristics of the perfect non–waster both at home and out of home, as well as a ranking of different products and situations on acceptability of throwing away food.


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