On July 5th 2016 a workshop on Food Waste Recovery was held in Vienna. Nicole Unger gave a presentation on the role of food waste recovery in a circular economy. The presentation covered the broad context of circular economy and food waste. The work of the REFRESH project was also presented.

On the 7th and 8th of September 2016 the second meeting of the partners of the EU REFRESH project took place at the headquarters of CREDA-UPC-IRTA in Barcelona. The aim of the meeting was to examine the project's progress and jointly define future actions against food waste. In line with REFRESH objectives and values, catering services were provided by the social enterprise Espigoladors that demonstrated in a delicious way that it is possible to be sustainable.

The 8th International Conference on Life Cycle Management will take place on 3rd – 6th September 2017 in Luxembourg, on the theme “Designing sustainable technologies, products and policies: from science to innovation”.

The Sustainable Retail Summit is an essential 2-day event to be inspired, informed and able to implement socially and environmentally sustainable business solutions and improve the health and wellness of our communities. REFRESH will be attending this event.

On the 6 and 7th of June the Cold Chain Management Conference was held in Bonn. The REFRESH team presented about food waste reducing innovations in the meat supply chain at the conference. The conference brings academia together with industry and public organisations to discuss about issues in the cold supply chain.

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.

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.”

Food Science is playing an increasingly important role in today’s society: health, welfare, economy, and many other related issues make this field one of the most dynamic and relevant areas of current research. This three day conference will offer an excellent opportunity to learn and discuss about the latest research results, insights, advances, etc. in the field of food science.

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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