WRAP has today (28 October) published the second interim report of Courtauld Commitment 3, which shows that manufacturing and retail waste has significantly reduced against the baseline 2012 figure.
Activity by signatories has helped achieve a considerable reduction in traditional grocery ingredient, product and packaging waste in the manufacturing and retail operations of participants, down 80,000 tonnes against the 2012 baseline. This shows strong progress towards the target standing at 3.2% after the first two years, against the overall 3% target by 2015 for the agreement.
The latest figures also show that efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions associated with packaging continue to exceed the target of maintaining a zero-increase level of CO2 emissions. The latest figures show a sustained positive reduction in carbon dioxide emissions of 3.9%.
Progress remains well ahead of the packaging target, despite a backdrop of growing sales (up by more than 5% for signatories who reported sales data). Changes in the mix of packaging materials and increases in recycling rates resulted in the overall reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, despite packaging weight actually increasing by 0.7% over this same period.
The increase in packaging weight itself was for single use transit packaging, rather than household (primary) packaging which continues to decrease by weight.
Dr Richard Swannell, WRAP – “What makes Courtauld so effective is the sector-wide approach to tackling the most impactful areas”
Progress against the household food waste target is not collected annually, and 2015 data will be available for final year reporting in 2016.
Dr Richard Swannell, Director of Sustainable Food Systems at WRAP, said: “What makes Courtauld so effective is the sector-wide approach to tackling the most impactful areas. Not just thinking about what will help your business, but what will make a more environmentally and economically effective supply chain. It’s important we continue to strive in the final year of Courtauld Phase 3 and push the boundaries in the preparation for Courtauld 2025.”
Although redistribution of surplus food to people is not a specific target under the Courtauld Commitment, redistribution does contribute towards the manufacturing and retail target.
WRAP has worked with signatories to track progress and increase action in this area. With more signatories reporting data after two years, and a much more robust data set based on a re-clarification of the definition, WRAP estimates the level of redistribution to have increased by three quarters on the 2012 baseline, currently standing at around 20,000 tonnes.
Resource Minister Rory Stewart said: “From farm to fork we all have a responsibility to waste less food. These latest figures reflect a lot of hard work from across the food and packaging supply chain and I want to congratulate the whole sector for coming together to cut waste, reduce packaging and increase food redistribution.”