Tackling Food Waste in Europe – ISOPA initiates the debate on the “day after” on 27 January

With over 100 million of tonnes of food being wasted annually in Europe and concerns over climate change and inequalities mounting both at a European and global level; it made sense for the European Union to dedicate 2014 to the fight against food waste.

Over the course of the year, policy makers and NGOs were mobilised and organised a series of initiatives on food waste. For example, the European Commission’s Communication Towards a circular economy: a zero waste programme for Europe, and the related legislative proposal to review recycling and other waste targets devised objectives for food waste reduction in the EU.

However, in its 2015 Work Programme the European Commission withdrew the Circular Economy package. That left many wondering – what’s going to happen to the fight against food waste? Was it all about talk and no action?

Industry commits to tackling food waste

In spite of the regulatory stall the industry remains committed to dynamically pursue its commitments to end food waste in Europe. For this reason ISOPA has decided to bring European Commission officials, Members of the European Parliament, and representatives from the private and non-profit sectors together to hold an in-depth discussion on the synergies that can be created to develop solutions to the problem.

On 27 January 2015, Frank Grunert, ISOPA’s President, will welcome waste experts from across sectors and organisations with the ambition to hold a constructive debate on how we can build up on existing initiatives and further enhance the ties between the private, public and non-profit sectors. After all, we’re all in on this battle!

Nicola Caputo, MEP, will deliver the keynote speech and will present his views and expectations for the months and years to come. . His presentation will be followed by remarks from Anne-Laure Gassin from the Directorate General for Health and Consumer of the European Commission who will focus on the way forward given the Circular Economy package’s withdrawal.

Polyurethanes in the cold food chain – an important part of the puzzle

Wondering about the industry’s role in tackling food waste? Aside from regulatory targets and behavioural change, developing adequate technologies to preserve food is one of the building blocks of a sustainable future.

Polyurethane is essential in the efficient functioning of the cold food chain. From storage to transport, polyurethane rigid foam in refrigerating appliances ensures both constant temperatures and energy efficiency. Did you know that thanks to polyurethane refrigerators today are 60% more efficient than 15 years ago?

Not to mention that the polyurethane industry is always looking ahead and has actively committed to innovation. Companies have invested in product stewardship programmes and have aimed to develop a life-cycle approach to their products.

Yet, the cold chain is one side of the solution. This is why ISOPA expects contributions from across sectors at the 27 January dinner debate. The more stakeholders take action the more sustainable our future will be!

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