With 20kg of food waste per year and per person in France[1] and an annual cost for French consumers estimated between 4 and 10 billion euros[2], the fight against food waste is a major issue and a lever for action in the context of the ecological and energy transition. The ADEME seeks to estimate the economic, social and environmental consequences of a halving of food waste in France and to draw recommendations on the guidelines to be adopted in order to frame actions to reduce this food waste.

Vertigo Lab was commissioned by ADEME to carry out an ex ante evaluation of actions to reduce waste, with the aim of identifying the main effects of these actions, the winners, potential losers, costs incurred, and ways to amplify the positive effects. This analysis will be carried out using different hypotheses, studying the consequences on the economic, social and environmental aspects and translating them into monetary terms.

[1] Ministry of the Environment, Energy and the Sea, 2016. Food losses and waste: inventory and management at each stage in the food chain. (EN)

[2] ADEME, 2015. Reducing the environmental footprint of French consumption in 2030 – Towards a profound change in production and consumption patterns. P.116