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National Platforms to Fight Food Waste

Results of the EU Research Project REFRESH
In four years, the European research project REFRESH contributed significantly towards SDG 12.3 of halving per capita food waste at the retail and consumer level by 2030 and reducing food losses along production and supply chains. This video summarises the main activities and findings of the five national platforms. In order to adapt actions and responses to food waste challenges nationally, REFRESH established national networking platforms in the following five countries: Germany, Hungary, Spain, the Netherlands and China. The national platforms set up voluntary agreements and started different pilot activities against food waste, which are presented in this video.Read more

Valorising Unavoidable Food Waste

Results of the EU Research Project REFRESH
In four years, the European research project REFRESH contributed significantly towards SDG 12.3 of halving per capita food waste at the retail and consumer level by 2030 and reducing food losses along production and supply chains. This video shows options studied within REFRESH of how to use food side flows in a more sustainable way than it is done today. One example is feeding treated surplus food to omnivorous livestock.Read more

Reducing Consumer Food Waste

Results of the EU Research Project REFRESH
In four years, the European research project REFRESH contributed significantly towards SDG 12.3 of halving per capita food waste at the retail and consumer level by 2030 and reducing food losses along production and supply chains. This video summarises the project’s activities and findings in the field of consumer behavior. Households account for more than half of the food waste generated in the EU. A large survey conducted by Refresh in four European countries revealed relevant information on consumer food waste behavior that was used to draw conclusions for policy makers.Read more

Research Against Food Waste

Results of the EU Research Project REFRESH
In four years, the European research project REFRESH contributed significantly towards SDG 12.3 of halving per capita food waste at the retail and consumer level by 2030 and reducing food losses along production and supply chains. This video summarises the project's main activities and findings within the three focus areas of consumer behavior, a voluntary agreement approach for business engagement and the valorisation of unavoidable food waste.Read more

Nachhaltige Ideen für den Alltag

What can consumers, citizens, companies and local decision-makers do to make our economies more sustainable? 30 research projects were funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) to research this and other aspects of a transition to a more sustainable economy. Practical ideas from these projects on how to act more sustainably are now available through an interactive website, produced by Ecologic Institute.Read more

Agroecological Transition from Bottom up

In a broadcast on SWR2 on 23 October 2019, Stephanie Wunder, Senior Fellow at Ecologic Institute, says the EU's agricultural policy is setting the wrong incentives. Changing consumer choices is important but needs the right political framework. She notes that a transition in agriculture can only work if municipalities take greater responsibilities and if there is a change in diets towards less meat.

Re-Use Berlin – New Perspectives for Used Goods

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21 October 2019
Berlin
Germany
On 21 October 2019, the event "Re-Use Berlin – neue Perspektiven für Gebrauchtwaren" (new perspectives for used goods) took place from 6 to 9 PM in Berlin's Urania. Ambassadors of reusing from Berlin presented their "stories" and visions, while business, administration and civil society representatives discussed existing approaches and sustainable ideas. 100 people participated in the event.Read more

Bio-based Economy – Innovations in practice

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26 September 2019
Brussels
Belgium
In September 2019, the European Commission organized the 'European Research & Innovation Days' to shape the EU's future research and innovation policy. Holger Gerdes, Senior Fellow at Ecologic Institute, had been invited to take part in a panel discussion, which focused on the challenges and potentials of bio-based products and innovations. The video recordings from the session can be watched online.Read more

Expert Dialogue on the planned Foundation of the Umbrella Brand and Outlook for the Re-Use Berlin e.V.

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25 September 2019
Berlin
Germany

Waste is harmful to the environment, it wastes precious resources and it damages the cityscape. In order to drastically reduce the amount of waste that ends up in i.e. the gray residual waste bins, Berlin has committed itself to the principle of 'zero waste'. The aim is, among other things, to increase the reuse of used goods (such as used...Read more

Meat of the Future?

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17 September 2019
Berlin
Germany
Consumption levels of meat are high in Germany and increasingly become the subject of controversial public debates around environmental problems, health effects, animal welfare and the climate impact of food and diets. In this context, meat alternatives are discussed as an alternative. At the expert workshop "Meat of the Future" on 17 September in Berlin, it was discussed what role these trends and products (more specifically vegetable substitutes, insects and meat produced in-vitro) can play for sustainable diets which environmental policy options exist for shaping these trends.Read more

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