#150 | October 2016

(Un)wasted food

Luís Campos and Maria Mestre | Fundació ENT

Estimates from FAO show that approximately one-third of the global food produced for human consumption is wasted each year [1]. The proportion of food wastage reaches 30% in cereals, 20% in dairy products, 35% in fish and seafood products, 45% in fruits and vegetables, 20% in meat, 20% in oilseed and pulses, and 45% in roots and tubers [1][2].

This process is noticeable along the various stages of the food chain, with the most significant part of food wastage corresponding to the stage of consumption (52%), followed by production (23%), and handling and storage (12%). The remaining part corresponds to the stages of transport and logistics, and processing and packaging [3][4]. The causes of food wastage are quite diverse, including consumption habitats, an excess of production over demand (in industrialized countries), premature harvesting, poor market facilities, confusion about food labelling, and extended food chains [1][3].

Read it all
MedReAct contribution to the Western Med MAP
Ignasi Puig presents his paper on waste charges at theGlobal Conference on Environmental Taxation
Available in the Ecological Economics journal an ENT members' article on energy efficiency in households
Scientia Marina publica l’article “The Barcelona agreement: a manifesto towards the spearfishing of the future”

Naturvation: new H2020 project on sustainable urban development

At the beginning of 2017 ENT will start a new H2020 European research project called “Naturvation”. ENT is one of the partners of a consortium led by the University of Durham (United Kingdom), which aims to unlock the potential of nature-based solutions for sustainable urban development.

DECISIVE: starts a new H2020 project on innovative valorization of urban biowaste

In September we started the research project “DECISIVE” (DECentralIzed management Scheme for Innovative Valorization of urban biowastE), which will last until August 2020. The project is part of the H2020 programme and is coordinated by the Institut National de Recherche en Sciences et Technologies pour l’Environnement et l’Agriculture (France), with different partners around the EU.

ENTITLE European project on political ecology ends

ENT Environment and Management has been one of the partners of the ENTITLE (European Network of Political Ecology) project that has been ongoing between 2012 and 2016. ENTITLE aimed to establish a European network and train 18 researchers in the emerging inter-disciplinary field of Political Ecology, as well as strengthen collaborations between academic researchers and activists working on the same field. 

Upcoming events
Webinar "Air pollution from waste disposal: not for public breath"

Event: Webinar organized by Zero Waste Europe.
Date: 3rd of November 2016 (14:00-16:00h.).
Description: Sergio Sastre (ENT) is one of the speakers of the webinar “Air pollution from waste disposal: not for public breath”. With a panel of experts in the field, this webinar will provide an overview on the EU policy framework concerning air pollution, the main impacts from waste disposal on air pollution and public health, and how this new NEC directive as well as the current negotiations around BREF for waste disposal, can help reinforce national plans to tackle air pollution.

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Blue Eco Forum

Event: Forum organized by Fundació ENT, Eco-union and Centre Mediterrani EUCC.
Place and date: Museu Marítim de Barcelona (Barcelona). Friday 25th of November 2016.
Description: The event gathers together key stakeholders (NGOs, researchers, private and public representatives) from the Euro-Mediterranean, with the aim to discuss and broadcast the major environmental, social and economic challenges of the Mediterranean Sea as well as explore new solutions towards a more sustainable and inclusive development of the Mediterranean region. The Forum will address topics like the environmental state of the Mediterranean Sea and the Blue economy, and it will also hold three parallel workshops: marine litter, fisheries, and maritime governance.

> Blue Eco Forum website
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