Halving Food Loss and Waste in the EU by 2030: The Major Steps Needed to Accelerate Progress

Unsustainable production and consumption of food constitutes one of the biggest environmental threats to our planet. Eliminating food loss and waste to the largest extent possible – at all stages from producer to consumer – stands out as an urgent and indispensable step towards more sustainable food systems.

This report, jointly authored with and published by WWF, identifies and provides case studies of the food waste reduction actions that have the largest evidence bases and greatest potential for accelerating progress towards Sustainable Development Goal target 12.3 (halving food waste by 2030 and reducing food losses), but which have been insufficiently applied in the EU until now: food waste measurement, valorisation, and voluntary agreements.

It also report highlights other interventions that show less evidence of their potential to date, but which are expected to hold high potential for effective food waste reduction: changes to the Common Agricultural Policy, stronger regulation; and national food waste strategies.