The food and grocery sector has been warned that the waste reduction figures set out by the Courtauld Commitment 3 are disappointing, and don’t go far enough to help reduce the amount of food and packaging waste being created throughout the supply chain.
Tim Burns, head of Waste Watch, expressed his views at a Westminster Food and Nutrition Forum, declaring that the lack of a “government stick” to push through the required changes shows a failure of ambition.
Tim Burns, Waste Watch – “We feel that Courtauld 3 is more of the same, it’s not ambitious enough. It’s not going to get us to the European Commission’s target of a 50 percent reduction in food waste by 2020″
He said: “We feel that Courtauld 3 is more of the same, it’s not ambitious enough. It’s not going to get us to the European Commission’s target of a 50 percent reduction in food waste by 2020 or where we need to be if we’re going to confront some of these huge issues around climate change, water, resource scarcity, food security and the more social justice side of the food debate.”
The Courtauld Commitment 3, which was launched in May this year, aims to reduce household and food waste by five percent, which will represent a nine percent reduction in real terms to counter the expected increase in food purchased.
It is also targeting an improvement to the design of packaging, with the ambition of cutting traditional grocery ingredient, product and packaging waste in the grocery supply chain by three percent.
Steve Lee, Chief Executive of CIWM, has previously praised the concept of the Courtauld Commitment, saying that it “has a critical role to play in reducing food and packaging waste, both in terms of improving resource efficiency within the supply chain and in helping consumers to make better and more informed choices and reduce their own waste.”