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Logistical improvements

Actor responsible for the initiative Hvidovre hospital
Type of actor responsible for the initiative Hospital
Type of initiative Logistical improvements
Main type of stakeholder targeted Hospitals
Country Denmark
Geographical level of implementation Local
Year of implementation 2008

Hvidovre Hospital, in Denmark, led by Chef Mogens Pedersen Fonseca, changed how food services are operated to reduce food waste produced via the previously rigid patient catering system. Following on four years of extensive work to modify the kitchen and hospital facilities and rethink the cooking strategy, Mogens Fonseca Pedersen and his one hundred employees were able to offer anytime ‘a la carte’ order options to patients, while remaining within budget limitations. The programme has helped the hospital avoid 40 tonnes of food waste per year, and the ‘a la carte’ style encourages portion management; money saved through the initiative has been reinvested to further reduce food waste and improve quality of hospital food services.

Carrefour

Separate collection of food waste

Actor responsible for the initiative Carrefour supermarkets
Type of actor responsible for the initiative Carrefour supermarkets
Type of initiative Separate collection of food waste, Food redistribution programme
Main type of stakeholder targeted Businesses
Country France, Belgium, Spain, Brazil
Geographical level of implementation International
Year of implementation Not specified

Types of waste (such as plastic, organic waste and scrap metal), which are produced in smaller quantities, are sorted according to the local waste-recovery systems available.

In Spain, Carrefour has benefited from the introduction of biomethanisation units. This treatment recycles organic waste that has been sorted by the stores and produces compost and electricity from biogas. It is less costly than conventional waste management systems and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Carrefour also uses this treatment in Belgium, where all consolidated stores sort waste from their grocery, bakery, fruit and vegetable sections. In France, the biomethanisation of waste was successfully tested at the store in Lomme (Nord) and has since been deployed in nine other hypermarkets in the Nord-Pas de Calais region. In 2010, the efforts made by these 10 stores resulted in the collection of over 1,126 tonnes of organic waste, which were then reused via biomethanisation. With the opening of centres in the west and south of the country, other stores in France also carried out methanisation tests in 2010. The Group’s aim regarding biomethanisation is to work with government and local authorities to promote the development of such treatment centres in France. Other solutions, such as composting, are also being studied. In 2010, over 373 tonnes of organic waste were recovered at nine French hypermarkets for use as compost. Carrefour stores in France also donated during year 2010 24,000 tonnes of limited-term storage goods.

In Brazil, Carrefour reuses its organic waste as animal feed. As part of the Fazenda Brasil project, in which 52 stores participate, food products that are no longer fit for human consumption are used to feed animals at partner farms. These include products such as rice, flour, pasta, vegetables, grains and bread. In 2010, over 200 tonnes of food were reused in this way, saving over €18,500.

Cooperative framework for supply chain improvement

Voluntary agreements

Actor responsible for the initiative Wageningen UR Food & Biobased Research
Type of actor responsible for the initiative Multi-stakeholder
Type of initiative Voluntary agreement, logistical improvement
Main type of stakeholder targeted Manufacturers, retailers
Country Netherlands
Geographical level of implementation National
Year of implementation 2006
Website - Not available

In 2006, there was a commitment from industry of 20 million euros to work on food waste issues. To fulfil this commitment, Wageningen University and Research Centre works with government actors and businesses to optimise supply chain processes for private sector companies, using a process of monitoring, modelling, fact finding, scenario analysis and business model integration. Wageningen University, among other research organisations, provides expertise to help businesses to understand the primary opportunities for waste reduction in their supply chains and to incorporate long-term processes for waste reduction in their production activities.

Eurest restaurant and food campaign

Waste data disclosure

Actor responsible for the initiative Eurest
Type of actor responsible for the initiative Food service
Type of initiative Waste measurement programme, awareness campaign
Main type of stakeholder targeted Businesses
Country Sweden
Geographical level of implementation National
Year of implementation 2010

150 units of the Eurest catering organization are participating in efforts to quantify food waste, publicise results to staff and customers, and explain the impacts of food waste and how it can be prevented, including using a spreadsheet to measure waste, with a graph entitled "so much waste we produce every single day" which is available to guests and staff. Through these types of initiatives and by having units measure waste once a month, Eurest has reached 22,055 guests. The initiative, which has been continuing for over half a year, has led to a reduction of 23 % in food waste quantities produced.

During the European Week for Waste Reduction, 25 Eurest restaurants and 2 coffee shops in 15 different locations in Sweden weighed and measured the waste resulting from food preparation and made available this information to staff and guests.

Food Waste Recycling Partnership Scheme

Separate collection of food waste

Actor responsible for the initiative Environmental Protection Department
Type of actor responsible for the initiative Public authority
Type of initiative Separate collection of food waste
Main type of stakeholder targeted Multi-stakeholder
Country Hong Kong, China
Geographical level of implementation Local
Year of implementation 2009

In order to promote good food waste management practice and to gain experience on food waste source separation and recycling, EPD launched the ‘’Food Waste Recycling Partnership Scheme’’ together with commercial & industrial (C&I) sectors in 2009. A Working Group comprising representatives from the Government and the C&I sectors has been set up in Dec 2009 to plan and manage the operation of the Scheme.

During the operation of the ‘Food Waste Recycling Partnership Scheme’, participants practised food waste source separation and placed the separated food waste in the designated collection bins provided by EPD at the assigned collection points for collection by EPD to the KBPCP for recycling. EPD was responsible for cleaning the collection bins.

Fish Chips

Industrial uses

Actor responsible for the initiative Hospitality industry partnership
Type of actor responsible for the initiative Businesses
Type of initiative Industrial use
Main type of stakeholder targeted Manufacturers
Country Denmark
Geographical level of implementation National
Year of implementation 2009
Website - Not available

Hospitality and restaurant sector players in Denmark formed a partnership, using state and EU Fisheries Fund, to develop an Omega 3 rich fish chip product from otherwise inedible fish waste. As of the end of 2009, the team was in the final stages and testing, haying already negotiated agreements with manufacturers and buyers. While concrete results are not yet available, given that over 50% of fish is discarded as inedible waste in Denmark, according to a 2010 CHI1 study, this is an excellent use for a product that would otherwise be food waste.

Food and Drink Federation’s Five - fold Environmental Ambition

Multi-project

Actor responsible for the initiative Food and Drink Federation, WRAP
Type of actor responsible for the initiative Association
Type of initiative Multi-project
Main type of stakeholder targeted Businesses
Country United Kingdom
Geographical level of implementation National
Year of implementation 2007

The Food and Drink Federation’s Five—fold Environmental Ambition started with member commitments to play a role in tackling climate change by reducing CO; emissions by 20% by 2010 against a 1990 baseline, sending zero food and packaging waste to landfill from 2015, making significant reductions in levels of packaging reaching households in line with WRAP’s Courtauld Commitment, embedding environmental standards into food transport practices and reducing overall transportation and reducing waste use.

The association has already made progress on the waste portion of the Ambition, to send zero food and packaging waste to landfill from 2015. Members established baselines from their 2006 waste volumes and have since this initial reporting prevented more than half a million tonnes of food waste from being created. The project has also included a joint initiative with WRAP to carry out waste prevention reviews at thirteen member company sites across the UK, working closely with FareShare, to encourage member food redistribution and encouraging members to sign up for the original Courtauld Commitment which seeks to reduce domestic food waste by 155,000 tonnes by 2010 as compared to 2008.

Personal Carbon Allowances White Paper

Research on consumer preference

Actor responsible for the initiative Carbon Trust, The Coca-Cola Company and Coca-Cola Enterprises
Type of actor responsible for the initiative Businesses
Type of initiative Multi-project
Main type of stakeholder targeted Households, retailers
Country United Kingdom
Geographical level of implementation National
Year of implementation 2012

The Carbon Trust is a world-leading organisation helping businesses, governments and the public sector to accelerate the move to a low carbon economy through carbon reduction, energy-saving strategies and commercialising low carbon technologies.

The White Paper explores the concept of Personal Carbon Allowances - investigating how it could work in practice, reviewing what a personal carbon allowance would include, and looking at how big a personal carbon allowance should be. It includes learning's and feedback from a four-week consumer trial in Great Britain which set a personal carbon allowance of 20Kg CO2 per day.

The White Paper also explores the increasingly important role that business and brands have to play in driving awareness of sustainability and investigates whether personal carbon allowances could help consumers to understand how the carbon footprint of specific products and services relate to a total daily allowance. Providing easy-to-understand environmental information in a credible and relevant way is a significant challenge, but also an exciting opportunity.

Reducing the environmental impacts of food

Waste measurement

Actor responsible for the initiative Ministry of Infrastructure; Wageningen UR Food & Biobased Research; GreenCook; INTERREG IVB; Door Berkel Milieu, Circulus
Type of actor responsible for the initiative Multi-stakeholder
Type of initiative Awareness raising / Waste data disclosure/ Waste measurement / Multi-project
Main type of stakeholder targeted Households
Country Netherlands
Geographical level of implementation National
Year of implementation 2011

Save Food from the Fridge

Information and Education

Actor responsible for the initiative Jihyun Ryou
Type of actor responsible for the initiative NGO
Type of initiative Information and education
Main type of stakeholder targeted Households
Country Netherlands
Geographical level of implementation International
Year of implementation 2009

This project is about traditional oral knowledge which has been accumulated from experience and transmitted by mouth to mouth. Particularly focusing on the food preservation, it looks at a feasible way of bringing that knowledge into everyday life.

Presented design looks at re-introducing and re-evaluating traditional oral knowledge of food, which is closer to nature. Through the objects of everyday life, design can introduce traditional oral knowledge into people’s lives through their experience of using it. These Dutch "ancient wisdoms" is now coming within a book and in the self-designed food storage containers for consumers.

Sodexho Campus Food Waste

Waste Measurement

Actor responsible for the initiative Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, California State University of Monterey Bay in Seaside, Calif., Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pa., Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore., Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Pomona College in Claremont, Calif., University of California at Davis, Calif., and University of Wisconsin in River Falls, Wis.
Type of actor responsible for the initiative Businesses
Type of initiative Waste measurement
Main type of stakeholder targeted Multi-stakeholder
Country USA
Geographical level of implementation National
Year of implementation 2010

Sodexo employees at eight college campuses cut kitchen waste by about one third, simply by tracking and monitoring food waste, according to the preliminary findings from the first eight weeks of a pilot study that is part of the company's commitment to stop wasting food to curb climate change and improve business practices.

Sodexo is partnering with LeanPath, a technology company providing food waste tracking systems, to conduct the review. The pilot study focuses on kitchen - or pre-consumer - waste, not what customers throw out. The pilot study system features a tracking station where Sodexo employees enter data about what they are throwing out and why. By tracking the reason for throwing away items, Sodexo is able to correct the problem to prevent future food waste. Sodexo employees at those eight sites have dramatically reduced overproduction, spoilage, expiration and trimmings by participating in the pilot study.

In September Sodexo launched "Stop Wasting Food," a campaign to engage its customers and employees in reducing food waste to curb climate change. To learn more, visit www.stopwastingfood.org.

Tesco 'Buy One Get One Free Later'

Logistical improvements

Actor responsible for the initiative Tesco
Type of actor responsible for the initiative Retailer
Type of initiative Logistical improvements
Main type of stakeholder targeted Businesses
Country United Kingdom
Geographical level of implementation National
Year of implementation 2010

As part of their pledge to not send any waste to landfill this year and specifically to target food waste reduction, grocery retailer Tesco launched a ‘Buy One Get One Free Later’ initiative to allow customers buying perishable goods to collect their free item the following week. Under the offers, consumers will be able to postpone getting their free second promotional product until a later shopping trip. The programme works through a voucher system; products included in the initiative are those which are considered "short-code life-perishable products” with short sell dates such as yoghurts, salads, vegetables and cheese. The initiative does not include products with longer sell dates such as cans of beans and pasta sauce.

EUROPEN

Packaging supply chain collaboration in food waste reduction

Actor responsible for the initiative EUROPEN, The European Organization for Packaging and the Environment
Type of actor responsible for the initiative Industry association presenting the opinion of the Packaging Supply Chain (raw material producers, packaging manufacturers and brand-owners) on issues related to packaging and the environment
Type of initiative Packaging supply chain’s best practices
Main type of stakeholder targeted Policy-makers/Packaging Supply Chain
Country National/European/global level
Geographical level of implementation National/European/global level
Year of implementation 2010

Packaging is part of the solution to tackle food waste. Packaging prevents food spoilage, ensures food quality and safety along the supply chain and at home, informs consumers on how to use and store packaged food products, increases shelf-life and provides portion sizes answering the multiple needs of consumer lifestyles and demographic changes.

Packaging innovation and new technologies play a key role in food waste prevention. The packaging supply chain, represented by EUROPEN*, strives to further innovate and develop new technologies that make packaging more active and intelligent in tackling food waste. As part of these efforts and to encourage continuous improvements by the packaging supply chain, EUROPEN set up a dedicated task force on ‘Food Waste’ and developed best practice examples of packaging innovations and technologies that help prevent food waste. These examples can be viewed in the attached document.

* - EUROPEN represents the packaging supply chain on issues related to packaging and the environment.

 
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