The European Commission will be proposing a common methodology for the measurement and comparison of food waste.
It also said it will be creating a “platform” to share results and target EU action more effectively.
In a speech in Malta, environment commissioner Karmenu Vella said 20% of food produced in the EU was wasted, equating to 88 million tonnes every year.
He said measures to address the problem, such as the proposed separate collection of bio-waste where feasible, were included in the Commission’s circular economy package, released in December.
The package says uniform methodologies for food waste measurement should be established, with reporting on food waste levels to take place on a biennial basis.
Now Vella has said: “The Commission will be proposing a common EU methodology to measure food waste. We need a solid evidence base before we start sharing best practices. Better measurement will improve our understanding of where these losses occur, and how.
“We’ll be setting up a new platform, which will make it easier to cooperate on these questions and share results. And it will help us target EU action more carefully, to ensure that it’s effective.”
“We’ll be looking at the barriers to reuse, and checking any institutional reasons that might be holding it back. That will cover animal feed as well as food.”
The Commission is also considering clearer guidelines for food donation, clarifying safety and hygiene requirements and any fiscal implications.