Alliance for the Reduction of Food Waste

Tue 29 September 2020

Food waste affects us all. It has serious implications for the environment, the economy and society. To address this, we envisioned a coordinated action by the state, the market and society, and created the "Alliance for the Reduction of Food Waste".

An initiative of the organization Boroume and AB Vassilopoulos, the "Alliance for the Reduction of Food Waste" in Greece is constantly expanding and gaining multiplier potential.

It is with great pleasure and pride that we announce today, International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste, that the following have already signed the "Voluntary Cooperation Agreement" for the first "Alliance for the Reduction of Food Waste" in Greece:

AB Vassilopoulos, American Farm School, Gregory's, DELTA, National Technical University of Athens, School of Chemical Engineering, Laboratory of Chemistry & Food Technology, EKPOIZO, BARBA STATHIS, Boroume,  LOULIS MILLS, SEVT, Food Bank, Harokopio University of Athens, DRAXIS ENVIRONMENTAL, EUROCATERING, GAIA BUSINESS, INTERCATERING, Nestlé Hellas, NFA- Natural Food Additives, WWF Hellas.

The "Alliance" is under the auspices of the Hellenic Ministry of Environment and Energy.

With the aim of developing synergies, public authorities, professional bodies and food and food services companies from all stages of the supply chain, civil society organizations, bodies of the academic & research community join forces and are invited to contribute to the:

  • Informing and raising awareness about the extent and effects of food waste
  • Training and education to prevent and reduce food waste
  • Exchange of information and knowledge
  • Promotion and dissemination of good practices
  • Promoting research and innovation
  • Facilitating and promoting the donation of surplus food for social welfare purposes
  • Contribution to the formulation and implementation of public policy for the prevention and reduction of food waste in Greece

Food waste is a matter of concern for the entire planet. Globally, 8% of total anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions are due to food waste. In the EU, around 88 million tonnes of food waste are generated annually. This equates to 173 kilograms of food waste per person.  In Greece, food waste coexists, unfortunately, with high levels of food insecurity (1.4 million people, 12.9% of the country's population, 2015). Reducing it - by half by 2030 - is part of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (target 12.3). At European Union level, the prevention of food waste is an integral part of the Circular Economy package and the European Green Deal.

Reducing food waste in our country will have social, environmental and economic benefits. To achieve this we need everyone's support! And we extend an open invitation to participate! The more we are, and the closer we work together, the less food will be wasted and the more we will benefit from this effort!

For more information about the first "Alliance for the Reduction of Food Waste" in Greece, as well as for expression of interest, contact the Secretariat of the Alliance (organization Boroume).

Contact telephone:  210.3237805

Email: [email protected]