Richard Clemens

Managing Director of the Process Plant and Equipment Association within the German Engineering Federation VDMA

Richard Clemens

Richard Clemens

Richard Clemens has served as the Managing Director of the Process Plant and Equipment Association within the German Engineering Federation VDMA since 2003. He studied Aerospace Engineering at the university of the German armed forces, the Universität der Bundeswehr, in Munich/Neubiberg and from 1989 to 1993 worked as a technical officer in aircraft maintenance.

He joined VDMA in 1993, working first as a PR specialist for its Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association and its Process Plant and Equipment Association. In 1998, he was appointed Deputy Managing Director of the Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association and the Process Plant and Equipment Association. From 1999 to 2003, before taking on his current position in 2003, Richard Clemens served as Managing Director of the Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association and as Deputy Managing Director of the Process Plant and Equipment Association.

3 Questions to… Richard Clemens

1. Which aspect of the food loss and waste problem is the most relevant for you?

This discussion on how to feed 9.5 billion people by 2050 is in full swing. All the while, a reduction of food losses could alleviate the problem.

2. And what should be done to improve things in this field?

Using appropriate technology adapted to each region is the right way to reduce food losses.

3. Which role does the Initiative SAVE FOOD play in fighting food losses and food waste in your opinion?

The Initiative has helped make people aware not just of food waste but also of the enormous amount of food losses.