Webinar on Sustainable Procurement of Food and Catering Services
The first EU GPP Helpdesk webinar of the year will take place next Thursday 23 June between 14.30 -16.00 CET and will focus on Sustainable Procurement in the Food and Catering sector. The status of the revised European GPP criteria on food and catering will be in the spotlight.
More specifically, the webinar will include presentations on:
1. Introduction, Enrico Degiorgis, European Commission, Directorate General for Environment
2. Latest proposals and updates from the European Commission for GPP of food and catering services, Belmira Neto, European Commission, Joint Research Centre
3. From the criteria to the market. How to involve suppliers through market engagement to deliver organic and seasonal food, Betina Bergmann Madsen, Municipality of Copenhagen(Denmark)
4. Implementing sustainable catering services in public schools; an experience of Torino,Elena Deambrogio, City of Turin (Italy)
Participation is open to all. If you would like to take part, sign up today at the following link: http://bit.ly/1srBhHr
Public procurers, local and regional governments, and caterers, producers and suppliers from across Europe have come together to exchange experiences, form partnerships, and discuss the economic, social and environmental challenges facing food systems in Europe at INNOCAT’s Sustainable Catering Forum in Ghent (Belgium). The event brought together food and catering experts from all levels of government to look at practical examples of eco-innovative procurement in catering and consider what the future of sustainable food might look like. Speakers included Deputy Mayor Martine de Regge, Vice Chair of the Procura+ Network; Professor Roberta Sonnino, a leading expert in sustainable food procurement at the Universit of Cardiff; and Robin Gourlay, responsible for Food and Drink Policy for the Government of Scotland (UK).
The event was hosted by City of Ghent, the capital and largest city of the East Flanders province in Belgium. The City of Ghent is a firm believer that local governments, by using their substantial buying power, can have a significant leverage to push the market towards innovation for more sustainable products and services. At the EcoProcura 2014 conference, which Ghent hosted, the city signed a sustainable procurement strategy, reaffirming its commitment to using public procurement as a driver for sustainability.
In terms of food and catering, the City of Ghent faces similar difficulties to those experienced in many cities across Europe. With no publicly-owned kitchens, Ghent does not have the possibility to prepare meals from scratch. It is necessary to procure a full catering service including food sourcing, preparation and delivery. This has not prevented the City from taking a strong stance in terms of sustainability. The city’s most recent school catering contract included requirements for recyclable packaging, different portion sizes to keep food waste under control, “meatless Thursdays”, and as little transport as possible when delivering meals.
For more information and to download the presentations, please visit the event page
Sustainable Catering Forum: last chance to register!
The City of Ghent (Belgium) will play host to the Sustainable Catering Forum on 9 June 2016, a chance for public procurers, local and regional governments, and caterers, producers and suppliers from across Europe to exchange experiences, form partnerships, and discuss the economic, social and environmental challenges facing food systems in Europe. Guidance and knowledge gathered through the INNOCAT project will be used to shape the interactive programme.
Participants will receive information on new approaches to the sustainable procurement of catering services, details of the latest EU policy developments, and get to preview new and emerging technologies in the sector. Training will also be provided on eco-innovative procurement.
Participation is free of charge!
Places are filling up fast, so if you're interested in attending, we strongly recommend that you register today.