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Halving food waste in the EU by 2030



Later City News: The Farm to Fork Strategy presents a great window of opportunity to reduce food waste by accelerating the transition to a sustainable food system and by proposing legally binding targets for food waste reduction across the EU in 2023. For this reason, the next few years will provide crucial moments of opportunity for EU Member States’ food waste policy.

A report published by the City University of London Institutional Repository confirms that the directive in 2018 provides a 2-year period where the Member States must integrate these policies into their national law. In 2020, the first EU-wide national measurement of food waste has been undertaken, following the methodologies provided in the Delegated and Implementing Acts.


This measurement will be reported in 2022–23 and will deliver comparative baseline measures for all Member States. In 2023, the publication of this baseline data will provide the opportunity for Member States to consider the feasibility of establishing Union-wide food waste reduction targets to be met by 2025 and 2030, which should be aligned with SDG 12.3.

Furthermore, the Farm to Fork Strategy presents a great window of opportunity to reduce food waste by accelerating the transition to a sustainable food system and by proposing legally binding targets for food waste reduction across the EU in 2023. For this reason, the next few years will provide crucial moments of opportunity for EU Member States’ food waste policy.


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Each action highlighted in this report has the potential to drastically reduce food waste across the EU; in addition, three of the actions have robust evidence bases. Indeed, the existing literature has shown that food waste measurement is one of the most impactful actions to reduce FLW in the food system. Once FLW has been measured, a case for change can be created, and the reasons for FLW can be understood and prioritized for intervention. Measurement also allows for the tracking of progress and the evaluation of other interventions.