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Dr. Claudio Beretta

Dr. Claudio Beretta

Dr. Claudio Beretta

ZHAW School of Life Sciences and Facility Management
Research Group for Food Technology

8820 Wädenswil

+41 (0) 58 934 56 66

Personal profile

Position at the ZHAW

Scientific assistant for sustainability and food waste prevention in food systems

Expertise and research interests

Sustainability in food value chains
Quantification, environmental assessment, and reduction of food losses
Life cycle assessment

Educational background

PhD on the Environmental Impact of Food Losses and the Reduction Potential in Food Value Chains, 2018, ETH Zürich

Master in Environmental Sciences, 2011, ETH Zurich

Didactic Certificate in Environmental Education, 2013, ETH Zurich

Professional milestones

Ecovillage Design Education “Creating a transformative culture”, 2016, by Gaia Education

Internship in renewable energy projects, focus on biomass energy, Sol-E Suisse, 2009

Internship in environmental communication and care, 2008-2009, Locher, Schmill, Van Wezemael & Partner AG, Foundation Nature & Economy

Internship in scientific research: herb-chronology, plant ecology, eco-physiology, scientific imaging, 2008, University of Arizona

High school with main subject “Modern Languages”, 2003, Muttenz

Elementary school, 1996, Tenero (Ticino)

Membership of networks



Other publications

Publications before appointment at the ZHAW

Beretta, C. und Hellweg, S. (2019): Lebensmittelverluste in der Schweiz: Umwelteffekte und Vermeidungspotenzial. Im Auftrag des Bundesamtes für Umwelt (BAFU).

Beretta, C. and Hellweg, S. (2019): Potential Environmental Benefits from Food Waste Prevention in the Food Service Sector. Resources, Conservation & Recycling 147 (2019) 169–178.

Beretta, C., Stucki, M. and Hellweg, S. (2017): Environmental Impacts and Hotspots of Food Losses: Value Chain Analysis of Swiss Food Consumption. Environmental Science & Technology 2017 51 (19), 11165-11173. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b06179.

Zhiyenbek, A., Beretta, C., Stoessel, F. and Hellweg, S. (2017): Ökobilanzierung Früchte- und Gemüseproduktioneine Entscheidungsunterstützung für ökologisches Einkaufen. ETH Zürich, Institut für Umweltingenieurwissenschaften, John-von-Neumann-Weg 9, 8093 Zurich (not published).

Walker, C., Beretta, C., Pellicer, N. Sanjuan and Hellweg, S. (2017): Calculating the Energy and Water Use in Food Processing and Assessing the Resulting Impacts. The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, DOI : 10.1007/s11367-017-1327-6.

Visschers, V., Gundlach, D. and Beretta, C. (in submission): Offering smaller servings reduces plate waste, whereas information provision alone has no effect: Results of an intervention study in two university canteens. Waste Management.

Saner, D., Beretta, C., Jäggi, B., Juraske, R., Stoessel, F. and Hellweg, S. (2016): FoodPrints of households. International Journal of Life Cycle Assess, 21 (5): 654-63, Landsberg: Springer.

Beretta, C., Stoessel, F., Baier, U. and Hellweg, S. (2013): Quantifying food losses and the potential for reduction in Switzerland. Waste Management 2013, 764-773, Volume 33, Issue 3.

Wu, W., Beretta, C., Cronje, P., Hellweg, S., Defraeye, T. (2019): Environmental trade-offs in fresh-fruit cold chains by combining virtual cold chains with life cycle assessment. Applied Energy.