ZeroW project

Project: ZeroW – Systemic Innovations towards a Zero Food Waste Supply Chain.


ZeroW has set the ambitious target of playing a key role in the transition of current food systems towards halving Food Loss & Waste (FLW) by 2030 and reaching near-zero FLW by 2050.

ZeroW provides significant impacts through the demonstration of innovations in nine real-life food chains to effectively address the multidimensional issue of FLW by employing a systemic innovation approach.

Moreover, ZeroW establishes a clear ‘FLW impact trajectory’, from demonstrator results, scaled up to meet the “Farm to fork – F2F” 2030 goals, and steered through a ‘just transition pathway’ towards a near-zero FLW in 2050.

Lines of action: The project will fulfill the actions listed below:

  • To setup, prototype, test and demonstrate systemic innovation solutions for significantly reducing FLW
  • To establish semantic interoperability through a managed European 0FLW Data Space and to provide collaborative business and governance models for data sharing, for the digital support needed by both the ZeroW SILLs and by external users/solution developers in the future, to reduce FLW.
  • To provide a suite of data-driven FLW intelligence services for the digital support needed and to generalize the FLW Smart Applications developed in the SILLs, to be used by external users to reduce FLW.
  • To assess the impacts, risks and sustainability trade-offs of the innovative solutions demonstrated in the SILLs and to provide cluster-, place-, context- & actor-, and gender-based interpretation of results.
  • To scale up the FLW systemic innovation solutions and approach, build capacity towards near-zero FLW, and to build region-specific strategies to stimulate investment in FLW reduction by private and public actors.
  • To advance ZeroW’s innovative solutions commercially and to protect the commercially sensitive and strategic IP through 3 formal patent filings.
  • To define a 'just' transition pathway to near-zero FLW, including intermediate EU targets, and to deliver short- & medium-term FLW policy recommendations.
  • To engage with EU, National and global initiatives on a dialogue towards FLW policy, regulatory and commercialization opportunities and to undertake appropriate dissemination and communication actions to create a credible, sustainable interest for large-scale adoption of ZeroW results and solutions and thus maximize its impact during and beyond the project’s duration.


46 beneficiary partners from 16 countries:

  1. Inlecom Commercial Pathways Company Limited By Guarantee, Ireland. Project Coordinator.
  2. Wageningen University, Nederlands.
  3. Nederlandse Organisatie voor toegepast natuurwetenschappelijk onderzoek TNO, Nederlands.
  4. Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland.
  5. BioSense Institute - Research and Development Institute for Information Technologies in Biosystems, Serbia.
  6. Digiotouch OÜ, Estonia.
  7. Eigen Vermogen van het Instituut voor Landbouw- en Visserijonderzoek, Belgium.
  8. Safe Food Advocacy Europe (SAFE), Belgium.
  9. FBCD A/S (Food & Bio Cluster Denmark), Denmark.
  10. VLTN GCV, Belgium.
  11. Instituto Tecnológico de Aragón (ITAINNOVA), Aragón, Spain.
  12. Konnecta Systems Limited, Ireland.
  13. ITC - Inovacijsko Tehnoloski Grozd Murska Sobota, Slovenia.
  14. Fondazione Istituto sui Trasporti e la Logistica (ITL), Italy.
  15. Instituto Tecnológico del Embalaje, Transporte y Logística (ITENE), Comunidad Valenciana, Spain.
  16. Asociatia Transilvania IT, Romania.
  17. Asociaţiei Clusterul Agro-Food-Ind Napoca, Romania.
  18. Fundacion Corporación Tecnológica de Andalucía (CTA), Andalusia, Spain.
  19. Instituto Andaluz de Investigación y Formación Agraria Pesquera Alimentaria y de la Producción Ecológica (IFAPA), Andalusia, Spain.
  20. AgriFood Lithuania DIH, Lithuania.
  21. SINTEF AS, Norway.
  22. Stichting Katholieke Universiteit Brabant, Netherlands.
  23. Novamont S.p.A., Italy.
  24. Sonae MC - Servicos Partilhados, S.A., Portugal.
  25. Grupo La Caña, S.L., Andalusia, Spain.
  26. Multiscan Technologies, S.L., Comunidad Valenciana, Spain.
  27. UAB ART21, Lithuania.
  28. Lithuanian Vegetable Producers Association, Lithuania.
  29. Lietuvos maisto eksportuotojų asociaciją (LitMEA), Lithuania.
  30. F6s Network Ireland Limited, Ireland.
  31. Allmicroalgae Natural Products, S.A., Portugal.
  32. Universidade do Minho, Portugal.
  33. Institute of Communication and Computer Systems - NTUA (ICCS), Greece.
  34. Innovatiesteunpunt voor Landbouw en Platteland, Belgium.
  35. OVAM - Public Waste Agency of Flanders. Openbare Vlaamse Afvalstoffenmaatschappij, Belgium.
  36. ICLEI European Secretariat GmbH (ICLEI Europasekretariat GmbH), Germany.
  37. Kmetijsko gozdarska zbornica Slovenije kmetijsko gozdarski zavod Murska Sobota (KGZS-MS), Slovenia.
  38. Univerza v Mariboru, Slovenia.
  39. Robin Food, Israel.
  40. DIL Deutsches Institut für Lebensmitteltechnik e.V., Germany.
  41. Asociacion de Investigacion de Industrias Cárnicas del Principado de Asturias (ASINCAR), Asturias, Spain.
  42. Aves Nobles y Derivados, S.L., Aragón, Spain.
  43. Termoformas de Levante, S.L., Comunidad Valenciana, Spain.
  44. EROSKI, S. Coop., País Vasco, Spain.
  45. Voedselbank Limburg vzw, Belgium.
  46. SVZ Industrial Fruit & Vegetable Ingredients, Belgium.

Budget:  12,932,881.25€

Lenght of the project:  48 months

Information of interest:

Policy Support and Governance Gateway of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), where the Food Lost and Waste (FLW) paradigm is well described

European Farm to Fork Strategy for a fair, healthy and environmentally-friendly food system

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