The EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste

The EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste (FLW) is an initiative of the European Commission dedicated to the prevention of food losses and waste. The Platform has been established as part of the Commission's Circular Economy Action Plan in order to support the achievement of the global Sustainable Development Goal (12.3) target on food waste which calls on all nations to halve food waste and reduce food loss by 2030. The Platform aims to support all actors in: defining measures needed to prevent food waste; sharing best practice; and evaluating progress made over time.

If you wish to find out more information on the work of the EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste, please visit the Commission's dedicated Food Waste dedicated website. Further information on the Commission's work on food waste prevention can also be found here.

The digital network of the EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste

The digital network has been established to facilitate information exchange between Platform members and is therefore restricted to Platform members only.

If you are a member of the EU Platform on FLW, please click on the button here below to access the digital network. In order to access/request access to your network, you will first need an EU login.

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The EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste is a collaborative initiative that aims to maximise the contribution of all actors to the SDG 12.3 food loss and waste reduction targets.  The Platform supports the Commission, Member States and all actors in the food value chain, including consumer and other non-governmental organisations, in taking action to prevent food losses and food waste without compromising food safety, feed safety and/or animal health.

The Platform aids the Commission in identifying and prioritising actions to be taken at EU level and supports all actors in identifying and implementing appropriate actions to take at national, regional and local levels. Its work is of a horizontal, cross-cutting nature, aiming to identify opportunities for prevention of food loss and waste across the food production and consumption chain and facilitate inter-sector cooperation.

The Platform's work covers such areas as:

  • definitions and measurement framework for food waste;
  • monitoring of food waste levels and progress made by all actors towards the achievement of SDG 12.3;
  • research to strengthen the evidence base (consumer, scientific, etc...);
  • implementation and application of EU legislation related to waste, food and feed to ensure the highest value use of food resources (in line with a "food use hierarchy");
  • facilitation of food redistribution;
  • optimisation of use of former foodstuffs and by-products from the food chain in feed production;
  • promoting better use and understanding of date marking;
  • awareness, information and education campaigns;
  • technological and social innovation.

The EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste operates in two ways:

Physical meetings - biannual plenary meetings and sub-group meetings to facilitate targeted thematic discussions

Digital network- facilitating online discussion and collaboration between the Commission and Platform members and supporting meeting preparation and follow-up

The Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE) ensures the secretariat of the EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste and also moderates the Platform's digital network.

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The EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste brings 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.

List of Members: public entities

Invited organisations:

  • EU Member States
  • EU Committee of Regions (CoR)
  • European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
  • Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)
  • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Observers: EFTA countries

List of Members: private sector organisations

  Name of organisation Type of organisation  
1. AECOC – Asociación Española de Codificación Comercial Trade and business association https://www.aecoc.es/
2. AIBI - International Association of Plant Bakers AISBL Trade and business association http://www.aibi.eu/
3. BEUC – The European Consumer Organisation NGO http://www.beuc.eu/
4. BOROUME – "We Can" NGO https://www.boroume.gr/
5. CITY OF MILAN - Secretariat of the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact Other http://www.milanurbanfoodpolicypact.org/
6. COGECA – European Agri-Cooperatives Trade and business association http://www.copa-cogeca.be/
7. COPA - European Farmers Trade and business association http://www.copa-cogeca.be/
8. ECPA - European Crop Protection Association Trade and business association http://www.ecpa.eu/
9. ECSLA - European Cold Storage and Logistics Association Trade and business association http://www.ecsla.eu/
10. EDA - European Dairy Association Trade and business association http://eda.euromilk.org/
11. EFFPA - European Former Foodstuff Processors Association Trade and business association http://www.effpa.eu/
12. EUCOFEL - European Fruit and Vegetables Trade Association Trade and business association http://eucofel.eu/
13. EUROCOMMERCE - the retail, wholesale and international trade representation to the EU Trade and business association http://www.eurocommerce.eu/
14. EURO COOP – European Community of Consumer Co-operatives Trade and business association http://www.eurocoop.coop/
15. EUROPATAT - European Potato Trade Association Trade and business association http://europatat.eu/
16. FEBA - European Federation of Food Banks NGO https://www.eurofoodbank.org/
17. FEEDBACK GLOBAL NGO https://feedbackglobal.org/
18. FEFAC - European Feed Manufacturers Federation Trade and business association http://www.fefac.eu/
19. FOODCLOUD Other – not-for-profit social enterprise https://food.cloud/
20. FOODDRINKEUROPE Trade and business association http://www.fooddrinkeurope.eu/
21. FOODSERVICEEUROPE Trade and business association http://www.foodserviceeurope.org/
22. FoodWIN (Food Waste Innovation Network). NGO http://www.foodwin.org/
23. FRESHFEL – European Fresh Produce Association Trade and business association http://freshfel.org/
24. HCWH Europe - Health Care Without Harm NGO https://noharm-europe.org/
25. HFBA - Hungarian Food Bank Association NGO http://www.elelmiszerbank.hu/?Lang=en
26. HOTREC – Hospitality Europe Trade and business association http://www.hotrec.eu/
27. IATA - International Air Transport Association Trade and business association http://www.iata.org/
28. INDEPENDENT RETAIL EUROPE Trade and business association http://www.independentretaileurope.eu/
29. LES RESTAURANTS DU COEUR NGO https://www.restosducoeur.org/
30. OSTFOLD RESEARCH, Nofima and Matvett Consortium Academia, research institutes and think tanks  
31. RISE RESEARCH INSTITUTES OF SWEDEN AB Academia, research institutes and think tanks https://www.ri.se/
32. SLOW FOOD NGO https://www.slowfood.com/sloweurope/en/
33. STOP WASTING FOOD MOVEMENT DENMARK ("Stop Spild Af Mad") NGO http://stopwastingfoodmovement.org/
34. UEAPME – European Association of Craft, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises Professional association http://www.ueapme.com/
35. WAGENINGEN UR – Wageningen University & Research Academia, research institutes and think tanks https://www.wur.nl/en.htm
36. WRAP – Waste and Resource Action Programme NGO http://www.wrap.org.uk/
37. ZERO WASTE SCOTLAND NGO http://www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/

 

As a user, you are encouraged to read the Working Methods of the Platform's digital tool that settle the dynamics for on-line interaction between Platform members and participants.

The digital network is governed by Terms and Conditions which you should respect as a user. The European Commission moderators will monitor compliance with these rules.

The digital tool of the EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste processes your data in compliance with Regulation n° 45/2001 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the institutions and bodies of the Community and on the free movement of such data. ECAS and SAAS are systems of the European Commission that allow authentication and authorisation of users for digital networks developed by the Commission. The Notification on Data Protection, the Privacy Statement for the Identity Management Service and the Privacy Statement for SAAS explain your data protection rights in detail.

The digital network of the EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste is an online, collaborative tool to facilitate communication and exchange between all members of the Platform. Its working language is English.

Structure

The digital network consists of:

  1. A webpage open to the wider public with general information on the Platform and its digital network.
  2. The Agora, an open discussion area for food waste prevention developments in general, accessible to all members of the Platform.
  3. Thematic Networks accessible to all Platform members in order to discuss thematic issues (e.g. date marking).
  4. Sub-groups, accessible to all Platform members in order to facilitate meeting preparation and follow-up, but also provide participants with a means of continued discussion between their meetings (e.g. food donation, food waste measurement, action and implementation)."

Users  

There are 3 kinds of users in the Platform's digital tool:

  • European Commission staff;
  • Members of the EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste ;
  • Additional experts designated by their member organisations to participate in certain sub-groups, but who are not permanent representatives on the Platform as such."

Terms and Conditions

The use of the Platform's digital network is governed by terms and conditions developed by the European Commission. You are strongly encouraged to read the Terms and Conditions to know more about what is expected from you as a user.

The European Commission has designed a series of tutorial videos which will help you navigate through the digital network's functionalities:

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  • Learn more about the main functionalities available by watching the All contents tutorial.
  • Create and share events using the network's calendar. Find out more about this function by watching the Events tutorial.
  • Learn how to upload, download or share documents with other members of the Platform: follow the steps provided in the Library tutorial.
  • Post news, updates or opinions on food waste prevention and reduction issues. Watch the News tutorial for more information.
  • Learn more about the search function through its dedicated Search tutorial.