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Joint press release: Tackling Europe’s food waste problem –  bio-based industries offer innovative solutions

Joint press release: Solving the food waste problem in Europe-the bio-industry provides innovative solutions

Brussels, June 15, 2020

The Bio-Based Industry Consortium (BIC) is a leading European industry association that puts recycling, innovation and sustainability at the core of the European bioeconomy. It has collaborated with Zero Waste Europe (ZWE) to prepare a report of its kind. A European untapped biological waste (garden and food waste) value potential.

The report details the current biowaste generation and capture rates in each EU27 member state, as well as Norway and the United Kingdom. For food waste, the current annual catch is only 9,520,091 tons, which is only 16% of the theoretical potential, and is estimated to be 59,938,718 tons (see figure below).

The report and country profile provide examples of how the bio-based industry has contributed to this waste challenge, and cited best practices in waste management at the municipal level. Biological waste can be used as a valuable raw material for the bio-based industry, which is in a favorable position to convert biological waste into high-value bio-based products. This innovation can alleviate the food waste challenge in Europe and stimulate new opportunities for sustainable growth, contributing to a green recovery in Europe.

The bio-based industry is already valuing bio-waste in smart and efficient processes with the goal of zero waste. Several projects funded by the Bio-Based Industry Consortium (BBI JU) demonstrate how innovations in our industry can transform bio-waste into high-value bio-based products. The bio-based industry seeks to realize the resource-saving and zero-waste society identified in our vision. The planned EU public partnership-Europe based on circular biology-will help further this goal BIC Executive Director Said Dirk Carrez (Said Dirk Carrez)

The report shows that bio-waste management is still the untapped potential of the EU's further transition to a circular economy. Only 16% of the potential is currently captured, and with appropriate measures, this number can be multiplied by 5 to reach 85%. This shows that the EU and member states need to maintain and strengthen their efforts in biological waste collection and treatment, adding Pierre Condamine, European Zero Waste Policy Officer, as a key step in achieving soil regeneration, recycling and climate neutrality

The summary of the report "Biowaste Generation in the European Union: Current Capture Levels and Future Potential" is now available here. The full report will be released to the public on July 6.

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Media Contact Agnese Marcon, European Zero Waste Dissemination Coordinator agnese@zerowasteeurope.eu +32 (0) 456 078 038

Ben Kennard, BIC Communication and Stakeholder Relations, ben.kennard@biconsortium.eu

Remarks The Bio-Based Industry Consortium (BIC) is a private partner of the Bio-Based Industry Consortium (BBI JU), a public-private partnership worth 3.7 billion euros established with the European Union. Its members include more than 240 industry members, covering the entire value chain from primary production to the market, spanning many different fields, including agriculture and agri-food, aquaculture and marine, chemicals and materials, including bioplastics, forestry and pulp and Papermaking, marketing industry, technology suppliers and waste management and disposal. The membership of BIC also includes more than 200 associate members, such as research organizations, academia, and trade associations. To learn more about BIC, you can check out our brochure here.

Zero Waste Europe is a European network composed of communities, local leaders, experts and change agents, committed to achieving the same vision: to phase out waste from our society. We empower communities to redesign their relationship with resources, adopt smarter lifestyles and sustainable consumption patterns, and conduct circular thinking.

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