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Food Waste Generation in Germany in the Scope of European Legal Requirements for Monitoring and Reporting

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Institute for Sanitary Engineering, Water Quality and Solid Waste Management, University of Stuttgart, Bandtäle 2, 70569 Stuttgart, Germany
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Thünen—Institute of Market Analysis, Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries, Bundesallee 63, 38116 Braunschweig, Germany
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Academic Editor: Matteo Vittuari
Sustainability 2021, 13(12), 6616; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13126616
Received: 30 April 2021 / Revised: 8 June 2021 / Accepted: 9 June 2021 / Published: 10 June 2021
The European Commission and the German government are committed to the United Nations SDG target 12.3 of reducing food waste along production chains and halving it at retail and consumer levels by 2030. European member states are required to monitor national food waste levels and report annual progress to the European Commission from 2020 onward. In this regard, the main objective of our study is to provide food waste quantities for Germany by applying methods meeting the legal requirements for monitoring and reporting within Europe-wide harmonized methodology. Our results refer to 2015 and are based on the best available data, using a combination of official statistics, surveys, and literature. We found that approx. 11.9 ± 2.4 million tonnes (144 ± 28 kg/(cap·year)) of food waste were generated in Germany, while the reduction potentials varied throughout the different sectors. Even though the underlying data show uncertainties, the outcome of the study represents a starting point for the upcoming monitoring activities in Germany by uncovering data and knowledge gaps. To meet the political reduction targets, a national food waste strategy was launched in 2019 by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, which is an important step toward cooperation and exchange between actors along the entire food chain, raising awareness, and improving data quality, monitoring, and implementation of prevention measures in practice. View Full-Text
Keywords: food waste; SDG 12.3; monitoring; reporting; legal framework; Delegated Decision (EU) 2019/1597; baseline 2015; common methodology; in-depth measurements; National Strategy for Food Waste Reduction food waste; SDG 12.3; monitoring; reporting; legal framework; Delegated Decision (EU) 2019/1597; baseline 2015; common methodology; in-depth measurements; National Strategy for Food Waste Reduction
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Leverenz, D.; Schneider, F.; Schmidt, T.; Hafner, G.; Nevárez, Z.; Kranert, M. Food Waste Generation in Germany in the Scope of European Legal Requirements for Monitoring and Reporting. Sustainability 2021, 13, 6616. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13126616

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Leverenz D, Schneider F, Schmidt T, Hafner G, Nevárez Z, Kranert M. Food Waste Generation in Germany in the Scope of European Legal Requirements for Monitoring and Reporting. Sustainability. 2021; 13(12):6616. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13126616

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Leverenz, Dominik, Felicitas Schneider, Thomas Schmidt, Gerold Hafner, Zuemmy Nevárez, and Martin Kranert. 2021. "Food Waste Generation in Germany in the Scope of European Legal Requirements for Monitoring and Reporting" Sustainability 13, no. 12: 6616. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13126616

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