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EU Platform on Food Loss and Waste


An estimated 20% of the total food produced each year is lost or wasted in the EU, costing us approximately € 143 billion.

The EU and its Member States are committed to meeting Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 12.3 to halve per capita food waste at the retail and consumer level by 2030, and reduce food losses along the food production and supply chains.

In order to support achievement of the SDG 12.3 global target and maximise the contribution of all actors, the EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste was established in 2016, bringing together EU institutions, experts from the EU countries and relevant stakeholders. The Platform aims to support all actors in defining measures to prevent food waste; sharing best practice; and evaluating progress made over time. It provides information and guidance for various groups of interest: professionals, academia, all key players from public and private sector.

How to get 'zero waste'?

Share with us your ideas!


But it is us who generate more than half of the total food waste in the EU (55% or over 31 million tonnes) with 71% of food waste arising at household, food service and retail (Eurostat, 2022)!

We can all take action by changing the way we shop, cook, and plan our meals to avoid wasting food, money, and resources.

Here you can find some hints and tips how to contribute to the overall food waste reduction:

Tips and hints from our colleagues

We have asked our young colleagues from EU Member states missions in Rome to share with us their ideas on how to reduce food waste in our daily lives.

Charlotte Winkler from Germany has got quite a few of them:

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