Food and how it is consumed goes beyond cultural values and behaviours. It has a significant impact on the environment. Currently, food waste is responsible for an estimated 8 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Every year, about 88 million tonnes of food are wasted across Europe, at a cost of €143 billion. 70 percent of global waste comes from food service, retail, and households. Kitchen staff, therefore, may certainly become key in the process of waste minimization.
The CE4Food project, aimed at the hospitality industry, is co-funded by the European Union and is aligned with the EU’s plan for a Circular Economy. It intends to fill a gap detected in food waste management practices, promoting global awareness and fostering a Circular Economy mindset within the food sector and its different and diverse stakeholders.
This new European transnational project started on the first of November 2020 and will be carried out over the upcoming 24 months. It is being developed by experienced partners from Lithuania, Greece, Romania, Scotland and Spain.
CE4Food will produce and develop:
- An e-Platform with extensive resources on food waste management for VET educators.
- A digitally interactive food waste canvas and simulator tools, which VET providers may utilise with students in the workplace.
- Storytelling-based case studies in Augmented Reality (AR) as examples of good food waste management practices.
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Kitchen staff are influential in the process of waste minimization and innovative resources are needed to support VET educators. This project will provide better alignment of VET training in hospitality & food services to EU environmental policy implementation through the development of digital resources, a new implementation model (food waste canvas) and provision of hands-on cases