An agreement was recently signed between Frederick University and the department of environment of the ministry of agriculture, rural development and environment to provide services for measuring and recording the amount of food waste at various stages of the supply chain in Cyprus. The contract for Frederick University was awarded following an open tender organised by the department of environment. The duration of the contract is 12 months and is expected to be completed in October 2021.
As part of the implementation of the contract, Frederick University will define and prepare a methodology for recording food waste in Cyprus by stage of the food supply chain, as well as investigating, recording and counting annual data. At the same time, Frederick University will compile the register of food waste of the Republic of Cyprus, and will prepare a quality control report on the levels of food waste.
The key experts from Frederick University, who will oversee the implementation of the contract, are the assistant professor of the polytechnic school Paris Fokaidis and the researcher and visiting lecturer of the polytechnic school Angeliki Kylili.
“This agreement is extremely important, as the project is part of the contractual obligations of the Republic of Cyprus as a member state of the European Union in the field of waste management,” Kylili said. She also noted that in Cyprus there are several prospects in the field of food waste management, which can potentially contribute to the creation of circular economy networks and the adoption of sustainable management policies. At the same time, the creation of the food waste register enables the establishment of new markets on the island, and strengthens waste management policies for energy production.
The award to Frederick University of the contract for the recording of food waste levels in Cyprus is a continuation of a series of other contracts for the provision of consulting services to the public sector in the field of waste management, which the university has successfully implemented in recent years. Indicatively, the Convention 08/2017 for the reduction and utilisation of biodegradable waste in Cyprus, as well as the Convention 06/2017 for the implementation of rational solid waste management in the public sector, which Frederick University has successfully completed. Through the implementation of these projects, Frederick University has developed the necessary know-how and experience to implement research and teaching in the field of waste management, an area that is considered crucial to ensure sustainable development, but also the creation of new jobs in Cyprus.