Future of food: Responsible waste management

Grants and incentives to support research and development in responsible waste management

Food waste plays a role in the everyday life of both people and companies. More than one-third of the global food production, amounting to 1.3 billion tons of food, is lost or wasted annually. If no urgent action is taken, global waste will grow by 70 percent by 2050. This food waste is significantly increasing costs for consumers and puts an excessive burden on our planet. Hence, minimizing food waste provides enormous opportunities for all stakeholders in the food system to provide economic gains and reduce its environmental impact. In order to accelerate the reduction of food waste, by developing and implementing prevention, reduction and re- and upcycling waste strategies, the government offers a variety of grants and (tax) incentives. In this article, we will highlight the most relevant opportunity areas with regards to responsible waste management and the funding opportunities that you can benefit from.

A grants & incentives guide

Responsible waste management aims at the reduction of waste related to food production. This food waste reduction could lead to substantial environmental and economic gains. Both on a European level and on a national level, several goals have been set that aim at this reduction of waste. In the Circular Economy Action Plan, the European Union highlights the goal to reduce food waste by amongst others improving waste management, stimulating innovation in recycling and limiting landfilling. Furthermore, in the Dutch circularity program (‘Nederland Circular in 2050’), the government mentions the goal to make more efficient use of resources in existing production processes. All of these goals could contribute to responsible waste management. In this respect, various opportunity areas can be identified that contribute to the goal of responsible waste management. In this article, we will highlight the most relevant grants and incentives that support your research and development in the field of responsible waste management.

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Our global Future of Food initiative is a cross-sector effort to develop a roadmap and help companies realise the aspiration of a sustainable food system that nutritiously feeds the world population in a healthy way.Do you have an idea or envisaged project for an agricultural or food related project, and are you curious which subsidy fits best? Stay tuned for our next articles where we zoom in on the grants and incentives opportunities. Feel free to connect with us if you’d like to discuss in person how you can secure the relevant grants and incentives that help you to realise your strategic goals.

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