Facts and Figures


With an estimated 19.4 % of the European Union’s GDP in 2009, public procurement has an immense potential to pull EU innovations to the market, support lead customer and catalysing effects, and thus provide innovative firms with a head start in the global markets.

170 million tonnes of CO2 eq.


An average of at least 1.9 tonnes of CO2 equivalents per tonne of food wasted is estimated to be emitted in Europe during the whole life-cycle of food waste. At the European level, the overall environmental impact is at least 170 million tonnes of CO2 equivalents emitted per year. This is close to the total greenhouse gas emissions of Romania or of the Netherlands in 2008, and approximately 3% of the total EU-27 emissions in 2008

(source: European Commission (2010). Preparatory study on food waste across EU27)

12.5 million

In Europe, an estimated 89 million tonnes of food are discarded every year, 14% (12.5 million tonnes) of which comes from the catering sector

(source: European Commission (2010). Preparatory study on food waste across EU 27)

5.6 billion meals

European contract caterers produced 5.6 billion meals with a total turnover of 23.4 billion euro in 2010

(source: European Federation of Contract Catering Organisations – FERCO)

€95 million

Effective use of equipment in the catering sector would achieve savings of more than 20% leading to an overall saving of 95 million euro (80 million GBP) per year and reducing national energy consumption by over 4,000 million kWh per year

(source: Carbon Trust Sector Guide CTV035, 2008)

3.7 million vending machines

 There are about 3.7 million vending machines in Europe, run by some 10.000 companies, mostly SMEs and family businesses, employing directly more than 85,000 people and many more in supportive industries. Vending across Europe has a turnover of 12 billion euros annually

(source: European Vending Association)