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Safeguarding our future: creating a framework for sustainability assessments

Sustainability is a key element of a growing number of policies in Europe and worldwide, such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the EU Green Deal. Among the human activities that impact upon sustainability, the food and feed system is recognised as one of the main drivers. A number of SDGs focus on the environmental impact of food and feed production and consumption. Measuring progress against objectives and targets is of the utmost importance in the transition towards a sustainable food system. We therefore plan to discuss possible approaches to defining a framework for sustainability assessments of food systems and how to make it operational, taking account of methodological challenges and opportunities. Such a framework could support policymaking in relation to the environmental, social and economic impacts of the food system.

Session Coordinator

Session coordinator
Angelo Maggiore (EFSA)

Session Contributors

Session contributors
Fulvio Ardente (JRC)
Lorenzo Benini (EEA)
Stef Bronzwaer (EFSA)
Carla Caldeira (JRC)
Yann Devos (EFSA)
Davide Gibin (EFSA)
Andrea Hagyo (EEA)
Ybele Hoogeveen (EEA)
Aleksandra Lewandowska (EFSA)
Francesca Riolo (EFSA)
Serenella Sala (JRC)
Juan Riego Sintes (JRC)
Giuseppe Stancanelli (EFSA)
Xenia Trier (EEA)


Abstract Session Chairpersons
  • Ann-Katrin Bock, Joint Research Center (JRC)
Abstract Session Speakers
  • Alexandra Nikolakopoulou, European Commission (DG SANTE) - The vision: legislative Framework for Sustainable Food Systems
  • Serenella Sala, Joint Research Center (JRC) - ONE introduction: Components and operationalisation of a framework for sustainability assessment
  • Gianna Lazzarini, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) - Sustainability assessment of food and agriculture systems: A global reference framework
  • Antoine Messéan, French Department of Agronomy (INRAE) - Sustainability assessment of agricultural systems: criteria, opportunities and challenges
  • Xenia Trier, European Environment Agency (EEA) - Designing safe and sustainable by design chemicals and products
  • Ansel Renner, Autonomous University of Barcelona - System-scale sustainability assessment based on societal metabolism and scenario analysis
Abstract Session Moderators
  • Tobin Robinson, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
Abstract Session Panellists
  • Andrea Hagyo, European Environment Agency (EEA)
  • Francesco Pennacchio, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II
  • Serenella Sala, Joint Research Center (JRC)
  • Roberta Sonnino, University of Surrey
  • Hanna Tuomisto, University of Helsinki
Abstract Session Rapporteurs
  • Paolo Barberi, Pisa School of Advance Studies
  • Yann Devos, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) 
  • Angelo Maggiore, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) 
  • Dario Piselli, European Environment Agency (EEA)