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Webinar on how cities can tackle food waste

19 February 2019

The European Commission estimates that up to 88 million tonnes of food waste are generated annually in the EU alone. This results in associated costs of about 143 billion euros. According to the FAO, up to one third of all food is spoiled or squandered even before it reaches the consumer.

The Cities of Cremona (Italy), Leiria (Portugal) and Sabadell (Spain) are three of the UrbanWINS project pilot cities that are implementing actions to tackle food waste. Representatives of the three cities will share their experience in a webinar organised by ICLEI taking place Tuesday 12th March, from 11 to 12.30.

Among their initiatives, Cremona has started a last minute market for recovered and donated food surpluses and expiring products, that will also contribute to social solidarity. The Portuguese city of Leiria is developing a guide for food waste reduction addressing restaurants, canteens, bars, catering services and citizens. Sabadell has kicked-off a programme of activities to raise awareness on the topic. The network FoodWIN will also join as a speaker at the webinar to present their view on the importance of fighting food waste from a city perspective including measure that cities can take, such as innovating their food procurement to minimize waste.

Find the full programme on the project website. To register for the webinar, go here.