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14 December 2015  

French hospitals offered funding towards procurement of eco-innovative food containers

INNOCAT partner Resah used their annual Journées de l’achat hospitalier on 6 and 7 December to promote the new Framework Agreement signed as part of the INNOCAT project.

The contract, which is open to all French hospitals, consists of two tenders. The first tender includes two lots: recyclable food containers including the recycling service, and biodegradable dishes. Both proposed solutions meet the EN13432 standard, meaning that after 12 weeks at least 90% of the product should be able to pass through a 2x2mm mesh. The second tender is for a consulting service to reorganise the logistics of sorting organic from non-organic waste.

These new solutions will help French hospitals to comply with national laws on biowaste, as well as simplifying waste separation by allowing the biodegradable container, compostable tableware and food waste to be thrown out together. The first procurers to buy off from this contract will benefit from co-financing of up to 20 percent through the INNOCAT project.

For more information on the Resah tender, please visit the sustainable packaging page.

7 December 2015  

Effects of climate change on food security key focus at COP21

The 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) is currently underway in Paris (France). The Conference will run until 11 December 2015, with a key focus of discussion being how climate change will affect our food security.

The Conference encompasses many events relating to food security including: Agriculture Action Day, an event which will showcase existing solutions for transitioning to climate-resilient, low-greenhouse-gas agriculture; Resilience Action Day which will focus on damages and losses occurring to agriculture due to climate change, the need to build resilience to climate shocks for poor and vulnerable small-scale farmers on the front lines of climate disasters; and Food security in a new climate regime, a high-level panel discussion on diverse approaches which can be taken to tackling food insecurity.

A number of key organisations will organise and attend these events including the World Food Programme (WFP), which will support countries in their efforts to address the impacts of climate change on food security during negotiations, while highlighting the importance of helping to build the climate resilience of the most food insecure and vulnerable people, and Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), who will be working ensure that a new climate deal does not close the door on agriculture.

A full calendar of food security related events at COP21 can be found here