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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

Every year, around twelve million tons of food waste are generated along the entire food supply chain in Germany, six million of which are generated in private households alone. The National Strategy for Reducing Food Waste adopted by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) in 2019 focuses not only on private households, but also on the sectors of primary production, processing, wholesale and retail, and out-of-home catering. The aim is to halve food waste in Germany at retail and consumer level by 2030 and 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 use of food and creative recipes for the best leftovers. In the #restereloaded tutorials, "Too good for the bin!" regularly offers tips for reducing food waste. On the Twitter channel @zgfdt, news on the topic of food value estimation is tweeted daily.

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.

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12.3 Reducing food losses
Ziele
SDG 2 SDG 9 SDG 17
BMEL
National Strategy for Food Waste Reduction

Germany has committed itself to the United Nations goal of halving food waste at trade and consumer level and reducing food waste in post-harvest, production and delivery. Implementation is seen as a task for society as a whole, which can only succeed if all players along the food supply chain make their own, as concrete contributions as possible and if society as a whole becomes more aware of the value of food. On February 20, 2019, the Federal Cabinet adopted the National Strategy to Reduce Food Waste presented by Federal Minister of Food, Julia Klöckner.
This marked the start of a complex, participatory process involving business, civil society, politics and science. In dialogue forums for each sector, concrete measures are developed with companies and their implementation is defined in target agreements. A federal-state committee works across state and departmental boundaries and serves to create a coherent political framework. One focus of the efforts is to design the food supply chain in such a way that food waste does not arise 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, methods for improving the data basis, reporting and monitoring of food waste in time series are discussed and developed.

The website www.lebensmittelwertschaetzen.de regularly reports on the current status of the implementation of the National Strategy for the Reduction of Food Waste.

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
BMEL
App Too Good for the bin!

To prepare delicious leftover meals from leftovers: For this purpose there is the app Zu gut für die Tonne! with more than 700 cooking ideas including recipes from top chefs and celebrity chef mentors such as Johan Lafer or Daniel Brühl. Here you will find classic meals like "Armer Ritter" (French Toast) as well as new creations and smart side dishes made of few ingredients. Furthermore the app gives tips for shopping, correct storage and utilization of food.

The app also provides tips on shopping, proper storage and recycling of food. A comprehensive food encyclopedia provides information on storage and shelf life. The shopping planner pro helps to estimate quantities correctly and save time in the store.

Unterziele
12.3 Reducing food losses
Ziele
SDG 2