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Training, education and communication to reduce food waste in the food service industry

Reference: LIFE17 GIE/IT/000579 | Acronym: LIFE FOSTER

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

BACKGROUND

The EU generated an estimated 88 million tonnes of food waste in 2012, or 173 kg per person. The food service sector produces around 12% of that waste (10.5 million tonnes per year), which includes both pre-consumer waste (vegetable trimmings, overproduction, spoiled items, burned items, salad bar leftovers and incorrect orders) and post-consumer waste (unfinished meals). Much of this waste is preventable through oversight, tracking and basic system changes.

The EU has identified resource efficiency and waste management as key elements of EU environmental policy and the Europe 2020 strategy. The circular economy action plan describes food waste as a ?priority area? and proposes a series of measures to reduce the EU?s annual food waste volume by 30% by 2025 and 50% by 2030.


OBJECTIVES

To raise awareness about waste within the food industry, the LIFE FOSTER project will foster a bottom-up approach that focuses on prevention of food waste rather than recycling. This will be achieved through education of trainee chefs, kitchen staff and front-of-house restaurant personnel during the placements that form part of their studies. The project will also provide training on food waste to catering and hospitality sector trainers so that they teach the subject in their classes and thus reach more students. And it will target chefs and restaurateurs. It will encourage them to improve the management of restaurant kitchens by reducing the amount of wasted food and optimising food storage.

LIFE FOSTER intends to work with food service companies to identify technological solutions and procedures to reduce food waste. Finally, the project will involve regional and national policymakers, thus increasing their awareness both of food waste and of the EU platform on food waste.

Expected results:

  • A ?food waste tool? to collect best practice and technologies for food waste reduction, to analyse and quantify food waste;
  • Some 400 trainers from Italy, France, Spain and Malta trained in food waste reduction techniques;
  • Some 6 700 students in the same four EU countries trained in relevant food waste reduction skills for the workplace and home;
  • Some 1 200 chefs and cooks take part in seminars and practical activities;
  • More than 3 600 companies and about 10 000 food industry sector operators involved in the project;
  • Some 100 000 visitors to project stands at trade fairs;
  • Four national working groups with policymakers created;
  • An effective system to monitor and evaluate food waste reduction in order to measure the impact of the project;
  • A network of other LIFE projects that target similar themes.

  • ADMINISTRATIVE DATA


    Reference: LIFE17 GIE/IT/000579
    Acronym: LIFE FOSTER
    Start Date: 01/09/2018
    End Date: 31/12/2021
    Total Budget: 1,676,566 €
    EU Contribution: 997,460 €
    Project Location:
    Project Website: http://www.enaip.net

    CONTACT DETAILS


    Coordinating Beneficiary: ENAIP NET IMPRESA SOCIALE SOCIETà CONSORTILE Srl
    Legal Status: PNC
    Address: Via B. Luini, 5, 20123, Milano, Italia
    Contact Person: Monica VERZOLA
    Email: international@enaip.net
    Tel: +390498658927, +390498658925
    Fax: +390257766980


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    ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES ADDRESSED

    THEMES

    • Bio-waste (including food waste)

    KEYWORDS

    • environmental awareness
    • waste reduction
    • environmental training
    • food production
    • environmental law

    TARGET EU LEGISLATION

    • Directive 2008/98 - Waste and repealing certain Directives (Waste Framework Directive) (19.11.2008)
    • COM(2015)614 - "Closing the loop - An EU action plan for the Circular Economy" (02.12.2015)

    BENEFICIARIES

    Name Type
    ENAIP NET IMPRESA SOCIALE SOCIETÀ CONSORTILE Srl Coordinator
    Association nationale pour la Formation Professionnelle des Adultes, France Participant
    Università degli Studi di Scienze Gastronomiche, Italy Participant
    Confederación Española De Centros De Enseñanza, Spain Participant
    Institute of Tourism Studies, Malta Participant
    Malta Business Foundation, Malta Participant
    FEDERAZIONE ITALIANA CUOCHI, Italy Participant

    READ MORE

    Type Resource
    Project web site Project's website
    Video link Projet LIFE FOSTER: What is LIFE FOSTER? [1'19 - EN] - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_a9OllPEE78&feature=youtu.be

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