Reducing Food Waste for Climate and Air Quality

In Europe, 89 billion kilos of food are lost every year. This food waste goes hand in hand with an unnecessary consumption of resources. For example, more than 15 billion kilos of nitrogen are used unnecessarily as fertilizers. Harmful ammonia emissions released by the use of these nitrogenous fertilizers could simply be avoided if less food was thrown away. Food waste is a logistical, ecological and ethical challenges. The contribution to climate change is most impressive: if food waste were a country, it would be the third largest emitter of climate-damaging greenhouse gases. Thereby, the environmental footprint of food waste depends on what we throw away. The production of animal food produces a particularly high level of emissions. However, the equivalent of 230,000 head of cattle ends up in the garbage every year in Germany, uneaten.

EU-wide all Member States set the goal to halve food waste by 2030. To achieve this goal, different actions are needed. Consumers can contribute to a considerable reduction in ammonia and methane emissions from agriculture by simply throwing away less food. Here, activities contributing to more awareness rising for the topic are needed. Food losses also occur in food trade and industry, even if the amounts are smaller. Nevertheless, there is still a great need for improvement in these areas, as the avoidance potential is very high.

The project focuses on different activities to address the main areas where unnecessary ammonia and methane emissions could be avoided. Information materials provide consumers with support for a more conscious and low-emission handling of food. By disclosing legal barriers for food donations,  food losses can be prevented on food trade and industry level. At the same time, political demands will be developed and the responsibilities of the various actors will be made visible in order to effectively push for a halving of food waste by 2030.


Expert talk: Facts & Myths cleared up - Legal framework for the food distribution
Organized by DUH in Berlin on 19 Febuary 2020

Workshop: Food Waste & Impacts.
DUHworkshop for students at University of Applied Sciencen, Krefeld on 8 January 2020

Workshop: Food Waste and Climate Crisis
DUH workshop at the foodsharing academy on 8-10 November 2019

Expert talk: How to reduce food waste effectively?
Panel discussion on the foodsharing festival in Berlin on 16-18 August 2019

Facts and Documents

How to stop food waste

Position paper on political measures


Online Petitions

Food waste fasting 2019: No food in the trash!

First petition and action against food waste (October 2018 – April 2019)

Join the food waste fasting 2019. Per year private households in Germany throw away around 230,000 cattle in form of sausage and meat products. Together with the film maker of "Taste the Waste" Valentin Thurn and foodsharing we stand against this stupid wastage and call on our food minister Julia Klöckner to finally become politically active against food waste.

Link to the petition (in GER), in total 55.000 signatures





Saving food must become easier: Legal certainty for food donations!

Second petition against food waste (April – September 2020)

Throwing away good, edible food due to legal uncertainties and a lack of political will is irresponsible: Ms. Klöckner, we call on you to take action now and immediately advocate legal certainty for food donations!

Link to petition (in GER)

29th of September 2020, First International Day of Awareness for Food Loss and Waste: handing over of more than 94.000 signatures to food minister Julia Klöckner