WARE_WAste Reduction in Europe


Giovanni Cervioni
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Part One

TNAM Initiative / project description


WARE_WAste Reduction in Europe



In Europe an estimated amount of 50% of the food produced is wasted, contributing to excess consumption of freshwater and fossil fuels which, along with methane and CO2 emissions from decomposing food, impacts global climate change. At the same time, nearly one billion people in the world are malnourished. This is simply unacceptable from a social, economic and environmental point of view. This project aims to develop a training pathway for managers and representatives of the food supply chain in order to provide them with the necessary skills to reduce the wastage of foodstuff. A simple solution will be devised to permit the natural match of demand and supply of unused food, involving organisations and voluntary groups which could easily recover all the wasted food and assure its re-use. In this way, the project will bring the food supply sector a step in the efficiency of the order-supply-retail chain, so to reduce waste and improve social responsibility of economic actors. The WARE project intends to develop a free online training plan for representatives of the food supply sector, a practical guide to help them starting a food waste reduction and recovery program at their facilities in favour of charitable associations. Besides economic actors, the project wants to affect also charitable associations offering food services to people in need, who can act as recipient and collectors of unsold foodstuff. They will participate in the project with a double aim: (1) to create links between supply and demand of unsold food in order to organise an efficient recovery; (2) to train members of charitable associations to become managers of food waste, so that they can spend acquired skills to improve their services and work with the supply sector as recovery manager. It is expected that the project main result will be an improvement of the order-supply-recovery chain, which would lead to a change of some unsustainable commercial behaviour of the target group and, in turn, of the customers/consumers, a reduction of natural resources waste and disposal costs and indirectly a cut to GHG emissions and water consumption.

Keywords / TAGS
Labor market
Lifelong learning
Open and distance learning
Enterprise, SME
Continuous training

Coordinator contact details


Coordinator Country

Spain, Ireland, UK, Italy, Germany, Poland, Cypro.

Coordinator Region (NUTS code)



supermarkets, the catering sector, hospitals, restaurants, food preparation companies, hotels, NGO.


  • Ecology
  • Enterprise and SMEs
  • Labour market
  • Sustainability
  • Others

Target Groups

  • Individuals
  • Groups
  • Other


  • Best practice


  • Accommodation and Food Service Activities, HORECA
  • Administrative and Support Service Activities
  • Human Health and Social Work Activities
  • Other Service Activities
  • Water Supply, Sewerage, Water Management and Remed
  • Others

Educational sector

  • Other sectors of adult education


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Part Two

TNAM results

1. LLP project or related resource

    Towards a European qualification for Solid Waste Facilities’ Managers
    SWFM-QF aims at developing a European qualification and training framework to address the needs of Facilities Managers in the waste management industry and in line with the EU 2020 Flagship Agenda for New Skills and Jobs.
    The core demand for this action stems from the fact that the “new generation” of waste management facilities are becoming highly technical worksites therefore affecting the structure of the required qualifications and the composition of the skills for the professionals in the sector. Despite the constant increasing need for technically skilled employees to maintain and operate the advanced waste treatment facilities, the qualifications and VET frameworks of Solid Waste Facilities Managers (SWFM) have a diversified structure within the EU states and they are not aligned with EQF and ECVET initiatives.
    SWFM-QF intends to cover this gap by developing a common professional qualification and training framework in line with the directions of the EU policy. The outcome will be a range of standardized profiles suitable for the different levels of SWFM qualifications.
    The main project products will be: national surveys on the NQFs and VETs regarding SWFMs; an EU Network of experts; a communication & Knowledge Exchange Platform; a comparative report on existing qualifications and VETs in the SWM industry in line with EQF and ECVET; a competence frame for professionals’ profile in the SWM industry (EQF level 4-6); a training tool-kit for the implementation of a SWFM course (access criteria, requirements, curriculum, sources for training material); evaluation processes; dissemination activities; a 5-year Exploitation Plan.
    The outputs of SWFM-QF will seek to facilitate the transnational mobility and to improve the labour quality in the waste management sector by delivering a transparent qualifications system in line to the requirements of the EU policy, which supports the recognition and transfer of qualifications and competences across the EU countries.

2. LLP project or related resource

    Waste Management Systems and Recycling Industry in Adult Education
    http://wasteproject.uni-corvinus.hu and http://www.wasteproject.eu
    Solid waste management and the recycling isdustry have a strong growth potential, and are of a strategic importance to the economy and processes a deep value chain with large number of SMEs and individual scrap collectors in CEEC and SEEC. There is a a clear need for professional training in the field of waste management.As Hungary faces very similar ecological problems related to waste collection and social structure of waste collectors, the aim of the WASTE project is to adapt existing knowledge to hungarian needs. The specific adult education on waste management and environmental management should be used for an effective scrap collection and scrap recycling, and as an additional possibility, for establishing the foundations for small and medium sized enterprises in Hungary.The project WASTE has been designed as a respond to urgent need of the continouosly growing waste management sector to develop sustainable training for people already operating in the field who are interested in expanding their existing field of competences and pass the knowledge on others. The sector has been chosen due to its continous growth and long-term opoortunities. At the same time, as part of the ecological sector, it acts as teh engine of the sustainable development of the county – linking economc, social and ecological benefits with educationa elements and multiple "cascade effects".

3. LLP project or related resource

    WASTE-TRAIN Vocational Training, Education, Conveying Information on up-to-date Waste Management Pra
    WASTE TRAIN is a vocational & educational project, providing the tools and instruments to teach the correct & up-to-date waste management systems to the beneficiaries using the most recent techniques of ICT. So, it is an exceptional environmental tool, enabling society at all levels to understand how to manage, treat, recycle and dispose of waste in a sustainable way. The project provides essentially three main educational instruments: the first is a sophisticated, but easy to use, electronic platform enabling distance learning from anywhere in the world with an internet connection.At one end teachers and experts, at the other end, students, local government officials, environmental activists, decision makers, communicating, sharing their experiences & ideas and learning at the same time.Suddenly and easily, a whole new world of learning is opened in front of you in these training tools. To facilitate and assist distance learning, Waste Train has published a Basic Book of Rubbish, a short, concise, easy to understand guide to waste management.And lastly, as an alternative to the Rubbish Book, the project provides a DVD containing all the information in the book as well as thousands of internet links to enable the user to access more detailed and technical information. So from a basic background in waste management, the users can become experts through access to further knowledge and using the internet teaching programme. Who is this project aimed at ? The instruments provided enable access to the system by universities, schools, local government, but even further, by society as a whole. By logging into the MOODLE (Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment, and using it as a blended learning system) the beneficiary can access and exchange knowledge with teachers, experts and other students any where in the world.And the products are valid in eight of the following languages, Turkish, Italian, Spanish, English, Polish, German, Slovenian and Greek. This really does enable a widespread and diffuse use of the tools which have taken two years to develop by this team of highly qualified experts participating in the Waste Train project.

4. LLP project or related resource

    Competence Based Training for VET Professionals in Clean Environment – COMBAT
    The project “Competence-based training for VET professionals in clean environment – COMBAT” meets the key target for transfer of innovation for building of competence to support the sustainable development of the European economy and job market. Experts in education and industry argue that the training, provided in many European countries, and the qualifications of VET trainers and tutors in the field of Waste Management and Recycling / Reuse need considerable upgrade and update. Moreover, the quality of education and professional skills is an important factor in the European knowledge society. Thus, the COMBAT project major task to improve the VET trainers’ competence is best welcomed, especially in the context of links between theory and practice by providing competence-based learning approach. The COMBAT project proposes a competence-based e-learning system, structured as learning outcomes, assessed through ECVET principles, envisaged for ex-post accreditation and quality enhancement of VET education system at National/European level. Its specific aims are focused on: transferring the innovative WASTE-TRAIN learning program in the field of waste recycling/reuse; build-up of structured model in respect to EQF reference levels; selection of mix of learning methods and specific content and set up of multilanguage e-platform. In order to facilitate the process for incorporation of South East EU countries in the innovative VET professionals’ education, the COMBAT consortium includes 5 partners from BG, TR, SL, SI and is composed by Universities, R&D centers and SME.

Part Three

CB4LLP Action Plan

Useful ideas

The FoRWaRd project intends to develop innovative training contents for the food supply sector in order to reduce the amount of food and beverage going to the garbage: such outcome is intended to promote high performance in the target field, in terms of waste reduction, efficient use of natural resources and social corporate responsibility. In particular, there is a need for a massive recovery of food waste, given that food suppliers are not prepared to reduce food waste and they have to turn to consultants and external experts.


Supermarkets, the catering sector, hospitals, restaurants, food preparation companies, hotels, NGO.


Supermarkets, the catering sector, hospitals, restaurants, food preparation companies, hotels, NGO.


The WARE project intends to develop a free online training plan for representatives of the food supply sector, a practical guide to help them starting a food waste reduction and recovery program at their facilities in favour of charitable associations.





Skyoe conference, mailing list


Web site, public meeting, conferences

Educational Sector

Non educational


Systems for quality monitoring

Systems to document taken actions

Part Four

CB4LLP Impact analysis

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