To reduce food waste effectively, we need to improve monitoring, measurement and reporting of food waste across all sectors of the food supply chain.

Driving food waste reduction across the food value chain will require food sector businesses to commit to measuring and reporting food waste in a clear and consistent manner. Improved monitoring of food waste levels will highlight the costs of mismanagement of food, and in turn, identify and prompt action by business operators to reduce food waste.

The reporting of food waste data in a common format, using the EPA’s national standard methodology, will be used to collectively track progress of the Charter and support Ireland’s EU reporting requirements.


The Measurement Protocol and Pathway are based on international best practice but tailored to the needs and day-to-day workings of Irish businesses. Throughout the development process we engaged sectoral representatives and businesses to discuss the thought process and engage with them to ensure sectoral input was included.

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