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Reduced food waste and increased resource efficiency in the food chain

Based on RISE ‘s broad competence and established networks we can support to halve food waste by 2030 (SDG12.3)

One third of the food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted. Reduced food waste is a triple gain – it secures food supply, decreases environmental impacts and decreases costs. The Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 aims to halving per capita food waste at the retail and consumer level and reducing food losses along the food supply chain. We offer expertise on how to quantify food waste and evaluate the impacts of various measures

Tools and decision support

Based on the amount of food waste in kg, we can calculate what food waste is in terms of environmental impacts and costs. We also identify opportunities for improvement in reducing food waste from primary producer to consumer. Through research that integrates systems analysis, LCA, supply chain management, and with inspiration from Lean, we develop methods and tools supporting stakeholders to reduce their food waste and become more resource efficient.

Many years of experience

RISE has been working on food waste for almost 20 years. We carried out the research behind the  FAO  report 2011 proving the first estimate on global food losses and waste, we are a part of the EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste  and serves as experts in the sub-group of  food waste measurements  supporting in developing  guidelines on how to quantify food waste. Internationally we have been core partners of notable projects EU-projects like FUSIONS and REFRESH. In collaboration with Swedish food companies, we have mapped food waste quantities and provided support to develop strategies to reduce food waste.

Combines knowledge from different areas

RISE excellence in food, food processes and sustainable food production is the backbone of our work. Coupled with cutting-edge expertise in packaging and food cooling equipment and expertise in consumer behavior, waste management techniques and digitalization skills, we can solve widely differing challenges comprising research, practical problem solving as well as educational tasks.  Because we have our skills gathered in one organization, we can quickly put appropriate teams together for solving complex problems.


Contact person

Karin Östergren

Senior Forskare

+46 10 516 66 25
karin.ostergren@ri.se

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