In 2015, the European Commission promised to develop a common EU methodology to measure food waste, under its action plan for the circular economy. The EU is committed to halving food waste by 2030 under the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal agenda.
“Measurement is the very foundation of the food waste prevention strategy. If we measure, we can achieve something,” said Health and Food Safety Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis at a recent event on food waste, where he pledged to jump into a dumpster full of food waste if the EU fails to meet its target.
To this end, the EU executive commissioned a report which estimated that the EU wastes 88 million tonnes (173kg per capita) of food every year. The majority of this happens at the household and processing levels, which account for 72% of total food waste.
Last June, the European Parliament adopted a resolution urging the Commission to produce a common methodology by the end of 2017, and pushing for binding EU-wide targets to reduce food waste.