EU’s bold food waste reduction targets: Are they ambitious enough?

The EU is making history with its first-ever targets to reduce food waste, but are they ambitious enough to drive real change?

Initially, the European Commission proposed a 10% reduction in food waste during processing and manufacturing, and a 30% cut at retail and consumption levels by 2030. The European Parliament, however, has pushed for bolder targets: a 20% reduction in processing and manufacturing and a 40% cut across retail, restaurants, and households by 2030.

Why does this matter? Globally, 1/3 of all food is lost or wasted, contributing to 8-10% of global emissions and using 28% of the world’s agricultural land—an area larger than China and India combined. In light of this, 65 organizations from 20 EU countries are calling for legally binding targets to cut food waste by 50% from farm to fork by 2030.

The good news? Achieving these targets is not only necessary but also feasible. The UK has already seen over 25% reductions in manufacturing food waste in the past decade, with some companies hitting up to 50%. The European Parliament’s proposal for a 40% reduction in household, retail, restaurant, and food service waste is not just ambitious—it’s achievable. With the new Waste Framework Directive, the EU has a real opportunity to make a significant impact. However, its success hinges on the commitment of Member States to enforce these ambitious goals. Reducing and valorizing food waste on-site inside a biodigester can significantly reduce emissions, save costs, and alleviate global hunger.

About The Waste Transformers: The Waste Transformers is a Dutch cleantech pioneer, providing on-site innovative technologies to transform unavoidable food waste into sustainable energy and natural fertilizers, enabling local positive change.

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