The industry`s response to the commitment has been impressive. When it comes to packaging applications, industry-wide efforts to develop resealed packaging to reduce food waste have been very effective. The seasonal confectionery working group has reduced the packaging of Easter eggs by more than 25%. The GlassRite program has spurred innovations to overcome technical hurdles to reducing bottle weight and reducing transportation costs. Overall, the commitments have reduced food and packaging waste, saved money for consumers, businesses and local authorities, and reduced CO2 emissions. Calculating the impact of waste reduction on carbon emissions has helped link these two policies in the UK. While innovating, as for example.B. Coffee refill packaging, which has been developed longer than expected, perhaps due to the increased need to adapt consumer practices, has arrived faster than expected, such as concentrated detergents. In June, the CSCP and its European REFRESH partners met with representatives of Member States and policy experts for an interactive working group in Amsterdam.
We shared our experience of guiding the REFRESH Steering Committee as a national pilot project of a voluntary agreement in Germany. Voluntary agreements offer great potential as key policy instruments to reduce food waste. Adding Value to Food Waste and By-Products (see recording here: www.refreshcoe.eu/resources/webinar-adding-value-to-food-waste-and-by-products/) Stephanie Burgos, Flavien Colin, Venice Graf, Patrick Mahon 2019. “Voluntary agreements as a collaborative solution to reduce food waste” EU Horizon 2020 REFRESH. See examples of voluntary agreements in the UK: wrap.org.uk/category/what-we-offer/voluntary-agreements Implementing a circular policy in the food and beverage sector can be a daunting task. While the magnitude of waste in the system is evident to all of us in our daily lives, the industry may struggle to make the system more efficient by reducing food loss and maintaining the value of packaging after consuming the food it contains. . . .