The European Commission has adopted a Delegated Act laying down a common food waste measurement methodology to support the bloc’s 28 members when quantifying food waste at each stage of the food supply chain.

The methodology is based on a common definition of food waste and is expected to ensure coherent monitoring of food waste levels across the EU.

“In food waste, as in life, what gets measured, gets managed. To be able to implement effective national food waste prevention programmes and promote circularity in the food chain, we need to know where, what, how much and why we are losing food resources. We are making the decisive step to get this knowledge.”, said Jyrki Katainen, Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, in charge of Health and Food Safety.

Food waste is one of 10 major indicators of the Circular Economy Monitoring Framework, and its prevention was identified as one of the priority areas in the Circular Economy Action Plan adopted by the Commission in December 2015.

In May 2018, the EU adopted the revised waste legislation as part of the Circular Economy Action Plan. It requires all of the 28 members to implement national food waste prevention programmes and monitor and report on food waste levels in order to reduce food waste at each stage of the supply chain.

The Delegated Act provides flexibility as to how data collection should be carried out at on the national level and will be sent to the Parliament and the Council by the end of July. Each individual country is expected to put in place a monitoring framework by the next year 2020 in order to provide the first new data on food waste levels to the Commission by mid-2022.