[Webinar] Food Waste in China, preventing food waste & circular waste management

On Jul 15, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) organized a meeting on food waste together with the Dutch Embassy in Beijing and the Dutch Consulate General in Shanghai, in close collaboration with Dr2 Consultants & Dr2 New Economy.

Jonah Link from Dr2 New Economy, Stefanie Ros & Li-Xiong Chu from Dr2 Consultants Shanghai supported as the operators of the webinar.


Time Section
09:45 – 10:00 Virtual walk-in
10:00 – 10:05 Welcome and introduction
Moderator Marieke van der Werf (Dr2 New Economy)
10:05 – 10:15 Food waste in China: the Chinese ambition and government support
Wouter Verhey, Agriculture Counselor of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
10:15 – 10:20 Zero-waste city pilot:concrete business opportunities in the Yangtze River delta
Björn Ooms, Senior Policy Officer (Netherlands Consulate General in Shanghai)
10:20 – 10:30 Huang Handong, Director-General, Tongling City Urban Management Regulation Enforcement Bureau

Chinese policy and practice on food waste

Associate Professor Hu Wenfeng (South China Agricultural University)
10:30 – 10:40 Involvement of private sector in food waste
Maarten Beelen, Head of International Desk & Export Finance (Rabobank China)
10:40 – 10:55 Panel discussion with speakers and Q&A
10:55 – 11:00 Conclusion and wrap up Marieke van der Werf (Dr2 New Economy)

Background of the online meeting

In China, there are 500 cities (including several megacities) that waste about 120 million tons annually. The world population is growing, and megacities are emerging. The quest for sustainable food solutions becomes urgent for food security. We are talking about an amount of food, produced by post-consumer food waste, to feed over 15% of the country’s population. Reducing the amount of food waste by 50% for a megacity like Shanghai means almost 4 million extra people can be fed thereby increasing the efficiency of its food system. Considering the current value of food, a city the size of Shanghai can be seen as an industry wasting roughly 20 billion euro each year.

Aim of the meeting

The aim of this webinar is to explore how Dutch innovations in the agricultural sector, food waste management sector, and retail sector (within the food supply chain) can contribute in this matter for China, which in turn will help the subsequent sectors in The Netherlands. Joint applied research, incubation and upscaling innovation would be the perfect areas for cooperation, as described in the RVO Green Cities Report.

Conclusion of the meeting

Food waste is a focus within zero waste, but within this focus it is still a large chain in circular agriculture, from ‘farm-to-fork’. Food waste prevention and waste management are both very interesting. One of the main conclusions is that it is important to bring it back to focus points but keeping in mind the need for chain solutions. A lot of interest from the Dutch side willing to cooperate together in China, the aim is to bring together a group of companies supported by the RVO & Dr2 to work together to decrease food waste and validation of the waste streams.


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