When you’re working hard to reduce your waste at home, it’s good to know that others are working to reduce waste across the supply chain. So we’re delighted to support WRAP’s work to bring everyone involved in the food chain, from farmers to food manufacturers and retailers, together to reduce waste.
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s ‘War on Waste’ campaign and Kerry Mcarthy’s Food Bill are leading to a massive change in how we think about food waste. But since 2005 WRAP has been working behind the scenes to reduce food waste through The Courtauld Commitment, which brings together organisations from across the food system to make food and drink production and consumption more sustainable for the future. Today WRAP launches the next phase of Courtauld, in which signatories commit to:
1. A 20% reduction in food and drink waste arising in the UK
2. A 20% reduction in greenhouse gas intensity of food & drink consumed in the UK
3. A reduction in impact associated with water use in the supply chain
Karen Cannard explains “The Rubbish Diet has joined big food brands like Aldi, Sainsbury’s and Tesco in signing the Courtauld Commitment 2025. An impressive 93% of food and drink manufacturers and retailers by market share have signed. We’ve signed to show our support and to bring the issues that we at home face in reducing food waste into the frame. We will share the difference that Rubbish Dieters are making with WRAP, and also the challenges that need to be dealt with by other players like the supermarkets, so that they can be addressed”.
Dr Richard Swannell, Director of sustainable food systems at WRAP, said “The pressures of resource scarcity, population growth and our changing climate will have profound effects on our food supply in the coming years, and business efficiency. To safeguard UK food we need a step-change to increase sustainable food and drink production and consumption, conserve resources and combat climate change. Courtauld 2025 will do this.
“Collaboration has never been more important, which is why I want to thank the businesses and organisations that have committed to taking action. This is an ambitious undertaking and having key signatories on board on day one puts us in a strong position at the start of this new era for our food industry. I look forward to welcoming other leading organisations as signatories over the coming weeks, months and years and delivering this ambitious agreement.”
Further information can be found at www.wrap.org.uk/courtauld2025.