Counting the Cost of Food Waste: EU Food Waste Prevention - European Union Committee Contents


What is FUSIONS?

FUSIONS is an EU-funded project looking at food waste prevention. It is a four year project (August 2012 to July 2016), and is 100% funded by the European Commission's Framework Programme Seven programme. The project has a total budget of €4 million, and WRAP is receiving €0.42 million to undertake its share of the project.

What is its purpose?

FUSIONS aims to contribute to achieving a resource efficient Europe by significantly reducing EU food waste. It will achieve this through a comprehensive and experienced European partnership covering key actors across the food supply chain, including regulatory, business, NGOs and knowledge institutes, all with strong links to consumer organisations.

FUSIONS will establish a tiered European Multi-stakeholder Platform to generate a shared vision and strategy to reduce food waste across the supply chain through social innovation: new ideas (products, services and models) that simultaneously meet social needs (more effectively than alternatives) and create new social relationships or collaborations.

The overall aims of the project are to contribute significantly to:

·  the harmonisation of food waste definitions and monitoring;

·  the feasibility of socially innovative measures for optimised food use in the food chain; and

·  the development of a common food waste policy for EU-28.

Utilising the policy and behavioural change recommendations from the delivery of the key objectives, the FUSIONS European Multi-stakeholder Platform will enable, encourage, engage and support key actors across Europe in delivering a significant reduction in food waste and the food chain's resource inputs by 2020.

What specific projects is FUSIONS delivering?

There are six work packages (WP):

·  WP 1: data and information (definition and methodology)

·  WP 2: multi-stakeholder platform

·  WP 3: recommendations for a common EU food waste policy

·  WP 4: feasibility studies

·  WP 5: dissemination

·  WP 6: management of the project

WRAP is the lead partner for WP 4 (feasibility studies), but is also contributing to the work of all six WPs.

Who else is a member of the FUSIONS project?

There are 21 project partners from 12 countries: Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Turkey and the UK.

There are three UK partners: WRAP, the Institute of Food Research and Feeding the 5,000.[322]

322   WRAP further supplementary Back

previous page contents next page

© Parliamentary copyright 2014