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12.3 Reducing food losses
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Subgoal 12.3 aims to achieve a global halving of per capita food waste in the retail sector and at consumer level by 2030. It also aims to reduce food waste along the production and supply chain, including post-harvest losses.

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Since 2012, the campaign "Too Good for the Bin" (Zu gut für die Tonne!) has been showing how consumers can reduce food waste. With the National Strategy for Reducing Food Waste adopted in 2019, the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) is placing greater focus on the sectors of primary production, processing, wholesale and retail, and out-of-home catering in addition to private households. The aim is to halve food waste in Germany at retail and consumer level by 2030 and to reduce food waste along the production and supply chain. Actors from the food industry have joined forces in the association "United against waste" to promote the networking and dissemination of solutions for out-of-home consumption. Concrete assistance for the catering sector is provided, for example in a practical guide published by the Federal Environment Agency (UBA). In order to promote the exchange between the public sector and practical actors and networking among each other for further successful implementation of the waste prevention program, the UBA and the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) organized the Waste Avoidance Dialogues 2014-2017, in which food waste was also a core topic.

The scientific community is also actively researching ways to reduce food waste. One example is the EU project REFRESH, in which Germany participated as one of four pilot countries. This project tested new approaches to reducing food waste and then derived corresponding policy recommendations. In February 2019, the Federal Cabinet adopted a National Strategy to reduce food waste and achieve SDG 12.3. This strategy identifies the causes of food losses and identifies fields of action for their reduction.

The "Global food loss index", developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and supplemented by a "Food Waste Index" to determine the volume of waste at the end of the food supply chain, is intended as an international indicator for measuring the achievement of the SDG 12.3 goals. In order to meet the international targets, the EU member states commit themselves by means of the Waste Framework Directive to prevent food losses and to monitor their extent. The European Commission, together with the members of the EU Platform on Food Losses and Waste, has developed a methodology for collecting food waste. In 2019, a delegated act was finally adopted to supplement the framework directive with a methodology for the uniform measurement of the volume of food waste. This means that the member states are now obliged to monitor the results. On this basis, an indicator of food losses and waste in Germany is to be included in the progress report of the Sustainability Strategy 2020. The concept for data collection and concrete calculation is currently being developed.

 

BMEL
Too good for the bin! - An Initiative of the Federal Government to Avoid Food Waste

With the Too Good for the Bin! - Federal Award, the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) has been honouring outstanding projects and their initiators every year since 2016, which contribute to reducing food waste with their concrete ideas, pioneering spirit and great commitment. The award goes to projects from a wide range of areas along the entire food supply chain: from production and trade to the processing of food in restaurants and private households. The competition is open to everyone: no matter whether it is a company, a restaurant, a farm, a scientific institution, a private person, an NGO, a municipality or an initiative - everyone can take part! The national prize is awarded to one project from each of the five categories: agriculture & production, trade, gastronomy, society & education and digitalisation. In addition, there are promotional prizes worth a total of 15,000 euros for concepts and projects in the start-up or development phase.

Unterziele
12.3 Reducing food losses
Ziele
SDG 2
United Against Waste e.V.
United Against Waste

Together with its members, the "United Against Waste e.V." association develops practical solutions that demonstrate that reducing food waste is feasible - and also saves money. The measures developed by United Against Waste also help the restaurant and catering sector to make the topic of food waste more tangible in everyday kitchen life. At the same time, active public relations work ensures that the public continues to focus on the respectful handling of food.

Unterziele
12.3 Reducing food losses
Ziele
SDG 2 SDG 9 SDG 17
BMEL
Too good for the bin! (Zu gut für die Tonne!)

Every year, around twelve million tonnes of food waste are produced along the entire food supply chain in Germany, more than six million of it in private households alone. The Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) has been showing how consumers can reduce food waste since 2012. With the National Strategy to Reduce Food Waste adopted in 2019, the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) is focusing not only on private households, but also on the primary production, processing, wholesale and retail, and out-of-home catering sectors. The aim is to halve food waste in Germany at retail and consumer level by 2030 and to reduce food waste along the production and supply chain. 
At www.zugutfuerdietonne.de, interested parties can find facts about food waste, tips for a more sustainable approach to food and creative recipes for the best leftovers. In the #restereloaded tutorials, Too Good for the Bin! regularly gives tips on reducing food waste. In addition, information is provided about the diverse activities also in the countries for the implementation of the national strategy. 
On the Twitter channel @zgfdt, news around the topic of food value estimation is tweeted. 
Tools such as checklists, training material, flyers, guides, apps for reducing food waste and projects that are committed to more appreciation throughout Germany are presented on the Too good for the bin! website: https://www.zugutfuerdietonne.de/jetzt-engagieren/ .

 

 

Unterziele
12.3 Reducing food losses 12.8 Information and awareness for sustainable development
Ziele
SDG 2
BMEL
National Strategy for Food Waste Reduction

On 20 February 2019, the Federal Cabinet adopted the National Strategy to Reduce Food Waste presented by Federal Minister of Food Julia Klöckner. Germany has thus committed itself to the United Nations goal of halving food waste at retail and consumer level and reducing food waste along the production and supply chain, including post-harvest losses. The implementation of the national strategy is seen as a task for society as a whole, which can only succeed if all actors along the food supply chain participate with their own contributions, as concrete as possible, and if overall social awareness of the value of food increases.
With the national strategy, an extensive participatory process was launched in which business, civil society, politics and science are involved. In dialogue forums for each sector, concrete measures are developed with the actors concerned and their implementation is defined in target agreements. A federal-state committee serves to steer the process across the states and ministries. One focus of the efforts is to design the food supply chain in such a way that food waste does not occur in the first place.
To assess the reduction of food waste, the Indicator 12.3 working group of the National Strategy to Reduce Food Waste plays an important role. Here, reporting on food waste generated in Germany is coordinated within the framework of the German Sustainability Strategy, the United Nations' Agenda 2030 and the European Union's Waste Framework Directive.
Regular reports on the current status of the implementation of the National Strategy to Reduce Food Waste and the status of the individual dialogue forums are available at https://www.zugutfuerdietonne.de/strategie/.

Unterziele
12.3 Reducing food losses
Ziele
SDG 2
Initiative Save Food; FAO; UNEP; Messe Düsseldorf; interpack
SAVE FOOD Initiative

On 27 January 2011 in Berlin, Germany SAVE FOOD was introduced to the public by the partners Messe Düsseldorf and the FAO. SAVE FOOD puts the issue of global food losses onto the political and economic agenda. Together with members from business, politics and civil society, SAVE FOOD aims to drive innovation, promote interdisciplinary dialogue and initiate debate in order to generate solutions to reduce food waste, across the entire value chain "from the field to the plate".

Unterziele
12.1 Sustainable consumption and production patterns 12.2 Sustainable management of natural resources 12.3 Reducing food losses 12.8 Information and awareness for sustainable development
Ziele
SDG 15 SDG 17