The Swedish Food Waste Reduction Project

The government of Sweden has commissioned the Swedish National Food Agency, in collaboration with the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency and the Swedish Board of Agriculture, to work towards the reduction of food waste in Sweden. The assignment extends over three years from 2017 to 2019.

As the first part of the government mandate, the authorities shall develop an action plan for reduced food waste that will guide the work until the year 2030. The measures taken shall help Sweden achieve it´s part of the sustainability development goal to "By 2030, halve per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reduce food losses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses."

The commission is part of the Swedish government's food strategy. The authorities shall work together to reduce food waste throughout the whole food chain, and this includes steps and actions in all parts from the farm to the customer.

The actions presented in the action plan shall contribute to the government's work to move Sweden towards a system of sustainable consumption and production, as well as towards a circular economy.

The first progress report of the commission shall be prepared by 28 February 2018, and a final report is to be handed to the Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation by 28 February 2020.

Working with the government commission at the National Food Agency is Ingela Dahlin, project manager, and Anna Widén, communication strategist.

If you have any questions about the work in the government mandate, please contact Ingela Dahlin by email.

The Swedish Food Waste Reduction Project 2013-2015

Reports in English


Reports in Swedish with an English summary

Take care of the food – minimize food waste

Reviewed 2018-02-14