In 2015 the United Nations released 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which include No Poverty, Sustainable Cities and Climate Action. In order to achieve these goal, specific targets were developed that address energy efficiency, protecting heritage and climate change. All of these targets along with others and with Goal 12– Responsible Consumption and Production, are the raison d’être of the World Food Waste Network. Researchers, industrialists, policy makers and the public all have an invested interest in working towards a Circular Economy in which the products we use are sustainable and once we have finished with them they are recyclable (or at worst provide no detrimental impact to the land, sea or air).
The World Food Waste Network (WFWN), allows for Transnational Cooperation for Responsible Production from Food Waste, with a focus on Food Supply Chain Waste such as the chaff and stems from wheat, the bagasse from sugar cane and the pomace from wine or olive production.
COST Action EUBIS facilitated training, education and networking of international researchers working on Food Supply Chain Waste.
The COST Action funding of researchers working on Food Supply Chain Waste officially ended November 2016. This Action supported the development of a network that today is the World Food Waste Network. Outputs associated with this Action are described in the Final Report and the Final Action Dissemination brochure, both due for publication in Summer 2017. The executive summary of the COST Action is described below and provides an overview of how the World Food Waste Network emerged.
This COST Action brought together hundreds of researchers from across Europe and the world, almost half of which were Early Stage Researchers (ESR).
Food Supply Chain Waste (FSCW) in Europe is hundreds of millions of tons annually, to tackle this we split into four working groups who would work towards using this waste as resource to feed the ever growing demand for carbon based products. To facilitate this work the Action allowed for training, conferences and Short-Term Scientific Missions– where ESR travelled to other institutions to do research. This research included over 20 different FSCW types and many different extraction and processing methods to produce a range of chemicals, materials and fuels.
The success of the Action and its associated network of researchers is demonstrated by a commitment towards multiple future collaborations along with the maintenance and expansion of the network of researchers.