Four interactive working groups in 2018 and 2019 will provide a space for stakeholders to discuss policy options to reduce food waste. Three working groups will have specific policy focuses: voluntary agreements, animal feed, and consumer behaviour. A final event will provide an overview of the policy outcomes from the entire REFRESH project. These follow two working groups held in 2017.
The upcoming working groups will cover diverse topics and will provide participative forums for stakeholders to discuss policy recommendations.
Consumer Behaviour Working Group
REFRESH has uncovered insights on innovative approaches to achieve real consumer behaviour change related to food waste, based on empirical consumer behaviour research. During the Consumer Behaviour working group, REFRESH researchers and stakeholders will discuss evidence-based recommendations to design more effective policy interventions, with a particular focus on public campaigns.
Date: 19th of November 2018
Animal Feed Working Group
Using heat-treated meat-containing surplus food as pig and chicken feed is an innovative potential solution for reducing food waste. Policy measures supporting these initiatives will be discussed during the Animal Feed working group, which will also feature information and guidance about the related business case.
Date: 30th October 2018
Final Policy Recommendations
In early 2019, a final event will provide policy recommendation conclusions derived from the research conducted within REFRESH.
Date: Beginning of 2019
More information coming soon
Past working groups
Voluntary Agreements Working Group
Voluntary Agreements between stakeholders across the food value chain are considered key policy approaches to address the issue of food waste throughout food supply chains. During this working group, interactive discussions sessions with Member State representatives will consider the use of Voluntary Agreements as a policy instrument for more sustainable food systems.
Sowing the seeds for short and long term improved EU policies for food waste: REFRESH Policy Workshop
This workshop presented and discussed preliminary findings on opportunities for improving EU policies relevant to food waste prevention and valorisation and explored short- and long-term strategies with stakeholders. Documentation from the workshop including the minutes (following Chatham House Rules) , agenda, presentations, and photo documentation are available on the workshop event page.
Food Waste Innovation Incubator Day
The aim of this workshop was to bring food waste innovators and experts together to learn from each other, develop solutions to food waste issues in the food chain, and improve cooperation. Documentation from the workshop including the minutes, agenda, presentations, and photo documentation are available on the workshop event page.