APPENDIX 3: CALL FOR EVIDENCE |
The EU Sub-Committee on Agriculture, Fisheries, Environment
and Energy of the House of Lords, chaired by Baroness Scott of
Needham Market, is conducting an inquiry into The EU's contribution
to food waste prevention. The Sub-Committee seeks evidence
from anyone with an interest.
Written evidence is sought by 27 September 2013.
Public hearings will be held over the period October-December
2013. The Committee aims to report to the House, with recommendations,
in late March 2014. The report will receive responses from the
Government and the European Commission, and may be debated in
The Commission recommended in its Roadmap to a Resource
Efficient Europe, in 2011, that disposal of edible food waste
should have been halved by 2020. The European Parliament has recommended
that the Commission take practical measures towards halving food
waste by 2025. We recommended bio-waste reduction targets in our
report on Innovation in EU Agriculture in 2011, alongside
a new "systems" approach to agriculture involving greater
interaction throughout the food supply chain.
In order to take its policy forward, the Commission
plans to publish a Communication in early 2014 on sustainable
food, in advance of which it issued a consultation paper on 8
We will seek to establish a common understanding
of the issue, identify and scrutinise proposed EU-level solutions,
consider their implications and identify any areas for further
We will make policy recommendations to the Commission
and Member States, including the UK, accordingly.
Our focus is on prevention as it sits at the top
of the waste hierarchy,
but we would welcome comments relating to management of waste
further down the waste hierarchy, including the conversion of
food waste to energy
The Sub-Committee seeks evidence on any aspect of
this topic, and particularly on the following questions:
(1) Why is food waste a significant issue to
be tackled, and how does it fit in the EU's wider objectives of
sustainable, inclusive and smart growth?
(2) How would you define food waste and how feasible
is it to monitor such food waste throughout the food chain across
(3) What do you see as the principal causes of
food waste in the EU at each stage of the food supply chain? How
significant a role does EU regulation and guidanceacross
the EU's policiesplay in hindering food waste prevention
and effective management?
Tackling food waste: the EU's role and best practice
(4) What economic drivers are already in place
to prevent food waste? How can EU regulation and guidance amplify
those drivers? What further EU policy changes would be desirable?
How can such developments be coordinated with efforts at the local,
national and international levels?
(5) How realistic do you consider the Commission's
aspiration to halve food waste by 2020 to be, and how helpful
could a binding target be in encouraging Member States to intensify
their actions in this area? How could such a target be effectively
(6) What best practice at national, regional
and local level can be identified and shared by others? What evidence
is there across Member States of the success of a systems approach
to food waste prevention, involving interaction throughout the
food supply chain?
(7) What are the economic, social and environmental
implications of food waste prevention? What economic implications,
for example, arise for waste management businesses and for those
throughout the food supply chain who may face reduced demand for
food? Have resource efficiency implications been given sufficient
attention? Could food waste prevention have an impact on food
Research and innovation
(8) What additional research and innovation would
be helpful to support the development of food waste prevention
and management policy? Are there any innovative approaches to
communication that could assist with the prevention of food waste?
317 The waste hierarchy, as defined in the EU's Waste
Framework Directive (2008/98/EC), starts with waste prevention
and then moves down to: preparing for re-use; recycling; other
recovery (e.g. energy recovery); and, finally, waste disposal.