Courtauld Commitment 3 Aims For Further 1m Tonnes Waste Reduction

09-05-13(1)pic2The grocery sector continues to show its commitment to reducing food and drink waste as 45 signatories join the third phase of the Courtauld Commitment.

Launched 9 May, signatories of the new phase of the Courtauld Commitment include all major grocery retailers, and many household brands and manufacturers, could reduce waste by 1.1m tonnes by 2015, bringing £1.6bn cost benefits to consumers and industry.

The expected 2.9Mt CO2(e) reduction would be the equivalent of permanently taking 1m cars off the road.

To achieve the targets, signatories will need to help consumers reduce waste in the home.

Liz Goodwin – “Over the course of the three phases of the agreement, a 20 percent reduction in UK household food waste is achievable, a deeply impressive outcome.”

This will include delivering targeted food waste reduction initiatives, for example with the Love Food Hate Waste campaign, clearer product labelling and improved packaging design, while also tackling their own waste in the supply chain.

Courtauld Commitment Phase 3 targets are to:

  • reduce household food and drink waste by five percent – this represents a nine percent reduction in real terms to counter the expected increase in food purchased
  • reduce traditional grocery ingredient, product and packaging waste in the grocery supply chain by three percent – signatories will have to make an eight percent – reduction in real terms to counter the expected increase in production and sales
  • improve packaging design through the supply chain to maximise recycled content as appropriate, improve recyclability and deliver product protection to reduce food waste, while ensuring there is no increase in the carbon impact of packaging – signatories will have to make a three percent reduction in real terms to counter the expected sales increase.

The agreement is funded by Westminster, Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland Governments and delivered by WRAP. It runs for three years from 2013 to 2015, with targets measured against a 2012 baseline.

Dr Liz Goodwin, WRAP’s CEO, said: “Courtauld 3 builds on the achievements of Courtauld 1 and 2… Over the course of the three phases of the agreement, a 20 percent reduction in UK household food waste is achievable, a deeply impressive outcome.”

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