Systemic Innovations Towards a Zero Food Waste Supply Chain

ZeroW has set the ambitious target of playing a key role in the transition of current food systems towards halving Food Loss & Waste (FLW) by 2030 and reaching near-zero FLW by 2050.

ZeroW provides significant impacts through the demonstration of innovations in nine real-life food chains, by employing a systemic innovation approach, to effectively address the multidimensional issue of FLW.

This involves:

  1. Pre-identifying systemic innovations, that incorporate multiple interlinked dimensions (process, organisational, strategy, marketing, product, technological, governance, etc.), which are tested and demonstrated;
  2. Steering the evolution of innovations towards higher levels of systemic readiness and impact, using a Living Lab co-creation and multi-actor collective learning approach;
  3. Enhancing the Living Lab actors’ innovation advancement capability with shared resources facilitating new ways and means of cooperating and co-developing innovations;
  4. Developing context-specific trajectories for the systemic innovations (from ideation to scaling-up and commercialisation) leading to the provision of currently missing end products and services that align with consumer attitudes, food actor needs and policy trends.

Moreover, ZeroW establishes a clear ‘FLW impact trajectory’, from demonstrator results (2025), scaled up to meet the F2F 2030 goals, and steered through a ‘just transition pathway’ towards a near-zero FLW in 2050.

The ZeroW project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101036388.

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Project coordinator: Inlecom Commercial Pathways Company Limited by Guarantee (Ireland)

Project partners:

  1. AgriFood Lithuania DIH (Lithuania)
  2. Allmicroalgae Natural Products SA (Portugal)
  3. Asociacion de Investigacion de Industrias Carnicas del Principado de Asturias (Spain)
  4. Asociatia Clusterul Agro-Food-Ind Napoca (Romania)
  5. Asociatia Transilvania IT (Romania)
  6. Aves Nobles y Derivados, S.L. (Spain)
  7. Biosense Institute – Research and Development Institute for Information Technologies in Biosystems (Serbia)
  8. Digiotouch OU (Estonia)
  9. DIL Deutsches Institut Fur Lebensmitteltechnik EV (Germany)
  10. Eigen Vermogen Van Het Instituut Voor Landbouw – En Visserijonderzoek (Belgium)
  11. Eroski Scoop (Spain)
  12. F6S Network Ireland Limited (Ireland)
  13. FBCD AS (Denmark)
  14. Fondazione Istituto Sui Trasporti e la Logistica (Italy)
  15. Fundacion Corporacion Tecnologica de Andalucia (Spain)
  16. Grupo La Caña, S.L. (Spain)
  17. ICLEI European Secretariat GMBH (Germany)
  18. Innovatiesteunpunt Voor Landbouw Enplatteland (Belgium)
  19. Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (Greece)
  20. Instituto Andaluz de Investigaciony Formacion Agraria Pesquera Alimentaria y de la Produccion Ecologica (Spain)
  21. Instituto Tecnologico De Aragon (Spain)
  22. Instituto Tecnologico del Embalaje, Transporte y Logistica (Spain)
  23. ITC – Inovacijsko Tehnoloski Grozd Murska Sobota (Slovenia)
  24. Kmetijsko Gozdarska Zbornica Slovenije Kmetijsko Gozdarski Zavod Murska Sobota (Slovenia)
  25. Konnecta Systems Limited (Ireland)
  26. Lietuvos Maisto Eksportuotoju Asociacija (LitMEA) (Lithuania)
  27. Lithuanian Vegetable Producers Association (Lithuania)
  28. Multiscan Technologies SL (Spain)
  29. Nederlandse Organisatie Voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek TNO (Netherlands)
  30. Novamont SPA (Italy)
  31. Openbare Vlaamse Afvalstoffenmaatschappij (Belgium)
  32. Robin Food (Israel)
  33. Safe Food Advocacy Europe (Belgium)
  34. Sintef AS (Norway)
  35. Sonae MC – Servicos Partilhados, SA (Portugal)
  36. Stichting Katholieke Universiteit Brabant (Netherlands)
  37. SVZ International BV (Netherlands)
  38. Termoformas de Levante SL (Spain)
  39. UAB ART21 (Lithuania)
  40. Universidade do Minho (Portugal)
  41. Univerza v Mariboru (Slovenia)
  42. VLTN GCV (Belgium)
  43. Voedselbank Limburg (Belgium)
  44. Wageningen University (Netherlands)
  45. Waterford Institute of Technology (Ireland)