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European Food Sustainable Consumption and Production Round Table. Status: 14 October 2010. 1. Structure of the presentation. Round Table Characteristics Membership Whole chain approach / constituencies Key Objectives Governance Structure Mandates of the Working Groups

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Structure of the presentation

  • Round Table Characteristics
  • Membership
  • Whole chain approach / constituencies
  • Key Objectives
  • Governance Structure
  • Mandates of the Working Groups
  • Achievements so far
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Key characteristics

Official launch: 6 May 2009 in Brussels

Vision: Promote science-based, coherent approach to SCP in the food sector, consider interactions across the entire food chain

Working areas: Methodology, communication, continuous improvement

Scope: Food and drink products across the whole life-cycle

Food actors:23 European food chain organisations (July 2010)

Co-chairs: European Commission (DGs ENV, SANCO, JRC, ENTR)

Support: UNEP, European Environment Agency

Observers: National governments, Eurogroup for Animals, WWF, seats offered to consumer groups and other NGOs

Participation: EU level organisations subject to expertise and commitment

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9 founding organisations

  • Confederation of the Food and Drink Industries in the EU (CIAA)
  • European Community of Consumer Cooperatives (EUROCOOP)
  • European Farmers and European Agri‐Cooperatives (COPA‐COGECA)
  • European Feed Manufacturers’ Federation (FEFAC)
  • Europe International Federation for Animal Health – Europe (IFAH)
  • European Liaison Committee for Agricultural and Agri‐Food Trade (CELCAA)
  • European Organization for Packaging and the Environment (EUROPEN)
  • FERTILIZERS EUROPE
  • Packaging Recovery Organisation Europe (PRO EUROPE)
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15 other member organisations

  • Alliance for Beverage Carton and the Environment (ACE)
  • Association of Poultry Processors and Poultry Trade in the EU (a.v.e.c.)
  • Corrugated Board Manufacturers (FEFCO)
  • European Aluminium Association (EAA)
  • European Association for Bio-Industries (EuropaBio)
  • European Container Glass Association (FEVE)
  • European Crop Protection Association (ECPA)
  • European Federation of Contract Catering Organisations (FERCO)
  • European Metal Packaging (Empac)
  • European Moderns Restaurants Association (EMRA)
  • European Plastic Converters (EuPC)
  • European Producers of Steel for Packaging (APEAL)
  • EU Feed Additives and Premixtures Association (FEFANA)
  • Flexible Packaging Europe (FPE)
  • Primary Food Processors (PFP)
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17 observer organisations (1)

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality
  • Eurogroup for Animals
  • French Environment & Energy Management Agency (ADEME)
  • Hungarian Ministry of Rural Development
  • MEEDM - French Ministry for Ecology
  • Netherlands Ministry for Environment
  • Netherlands Agriculture Ministry
  • Spanish Agriculture Ministry
  • Spanish Consumers Union (OCU)
17 observer organisations 2
17 observer organisations (2)
  • Sustainability Consortium
  • Swedish National Food Administration
  • Technical University of Denmark
  • UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • UK Food Safety Authority
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • WWF
2 supporting organisations
2 supporting organisations
  • European Environment Agency (EEA)
  • United Nation Environment Programme (UNEP)

Co-Chairing:

European Commission

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Eligible constituencies

  • Suppliers to the agricultural sector
  • Farmers and agri-cooperatives
  • Agricultural trade
  • Food and drink industries
  • Packaging value chain
  • Transport & logistics operators
  • Retailers
  • End-of-life
  • Consumer NGOs
  • Environmental NGOs
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Involvement of other experts

Other relevant experts, who do not represent formal

member organisation of the RT (e.g. national authorities,

science, academia, actors outside the EU), are invited to

participate in the process whenever their expertise can

contribute to a concrete item under consideration.

  • Relevant experts interested in contributing to the RT\'s

objectives are invited to contact the RT Secretariat – [email protected]

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Three Key Objectives:

  • Establish scientifically reliable and uniform environmental assessment methodologies for food and drinks
  • Identify suitable tools and guidance for voluntary environmental communication to consumers and other stakeholders
  • Promote continuousenvironmental improvement measures along the entire food supply chain;
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Governance structure

All RT bodies are co-chaired by the European Commission

and representatives of the RT constituencies

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Co-chairing of the RT bodies (1)

Plenary

Soledad BLANCO (DG ENV, Director Industry, European Commission)

Pekka PESONEN (Copa‐Cogeca, Secretary General)

Steering Committee

Herbert AICHINGER (DG ENV, Adviser to Soledad Blanco, European Commission)

Pascal GREVERATH (CIAA, Director Environmental Sustainability, Nestlé)

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Co-chairing of the RT bodies (2)

WG1: Environment assessment

David PENNINGTON (DG Joint Research Centre, European Commission)

Jean‐Pierre RENNAUD (CIAA, Director Environment, GroupeDanone)

WG2: Environmental information

Marek HAVRDA (DG SANCO, European Commission)

Tania RUNGE (Copa‐Cogeca, General Affairs Advisor)

Vice‐co ‐chair: Rosita ZILLI (EURO COOP, Advisor Environmental Affairs)

WG3: Continuous improvement

Harald SCHÖNBERGER (DG Joint Research Centre, European Commission)

Christian PALLIERE (Fertilizers Europe, Director Agriculture and Environment)

Vice‐co ‐chair: Rosita ZILLI (EURO COOP, Advisor Environmental Affairs)

WG4:International and non‐environmental aspects

Giulia DEL BRENNA (DG Enterprise and Industry, Acting Head of Unit F.4 – Food Industry)

Jean Michel ASPAR (CELCAA, Project Leader Public Affairs Louis Dreyfus Commodities)

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The mandates in a nutshell

  • WG1: Environment assessment
  • “Guiding Principles” on the environmental assessment of food and drinks (mid 2010)
  • Establishment of consistent methodologies to implement the principles (2010/2011)
  • WG2 : Environmental information
  • “Guiding Principles” on environmental information to consumers + others (mid 2010)
  • Evaluation of existing and emerging tools + recommendations on their use (2010)
  • WG3: Continuous improvement
  • Identify the key environmental challenges along the various F&D chains (mid 2011)
  • Map existing and emerging industry and multi-stakeholder initiatives to address them
  • Identify priority areas for continuous improvement, R&D and eco-innovation
  • WG4 : International and non-environmental aspects:
  • What initiatives within the scope of WGs 1 – 3 exist or emerge at the international level?
  • What implications on non-environmental aspects (costs/benefits, SMEs, IM + trade, food prices,..)
  • Recommendations to WGs 1 – 3 (2010)
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The Lead Principle

Environmental information communicated along the food chain, including to consumers, shall be scientifically reliable and consistent, understandable and not misleading, so as to support informed choice.

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Ten Guiding Principles

I - Principles for the voluntary environmental assessment of food and drink products

  • Identify and analyse the environmental aspects at all life-cycle stages.
  • Assess the significant potential environmental impacts along the life-cycle.
  • Apply recognised scientific methodologies.
  • Periodically review and update the environmental assessment.

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Ten Guiding Principles

II - Principles for the voluntary communication of environmental information

5. Provide information in an easily understandable and comparable way so as to support informed choice.

6. Ensure clarity regarding the scope and meaning of environmental information.

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Ten Guiding Principles

III - Principles for both voluntary environmental assessment and communication

7. Ensure transparency of information and underlying methodologies and assumptions.

8. Ensure that all food chain actors can apply the assessment methodology and communication tools without disproportionate burden.

9. Support innovation.

10. Safeguard the Single Market (Internal Market) and International trade.

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Time schedule

  • External consultation on Guiding Principles conducted - March 2010
  • Guiding Principles on environmental assessment and voluntary communication of environmental information on F&D products:
    • 1st Plenary 2010 - 13 July 2010
  • Framework assessment methodology for F&D products:
    • Interim Report by end 2010; finalisation by end 2011
  • Guidance on the use of voluntary communication tools: 2nd half 2010
  • Reporting on continuous environmental improvement along the food chain:
    • First Report: Spring 2011
    • Implementation of the recommendations: 2nd half 2011 onwards
  • International and non‐environmental aspects:
    • First report to WGs 1 ‐3: Autumn 2010, continuous follow‐up
    • Facilitation of alignment at international level: 2010/2011

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European Food Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) Round Table

Eligible organisations interested in becoming a formal member of the RT

are invited to contact the RT Secretariat.

For any further information please contact also the RT Secretariat:

[email protected]

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