Building on its strong start, signatories to the Hospitality and Food Service Agreement (HaFSA) report good progress against both targets after two years of the voluntary agreement.
The second interim note published by WRAP, shows signatories achieved a reduction in CO2e emissions of 3.6% in 2014 relative to the baseline year, putting them well on the way to achieving the waste prevention target.
This looks to reduce the amount of food and associated packaging waste arising by 5% by the end of 2015, and is measured by CO2e emissions. An estimated 30,000 tonnes less CO2e and 15,000 tonnes less waste were reported than in the baseline year.
The estimated cost saving from reducing food waste alone was £3.6m, while the amount of surplus food redistributed has continued to rise, increasing by 47% to 528 tonnes.
Dr Richard Swannell, WRAP – “These achievements are the result of a lot of hard work by many people, and a huge undertaking by the sector over two years. The targets require real effort, so it’s great to see signatories performing well against both. Given this performance, I’m sure the final results will set a solid foundation for The Courtauld Commitment 2025″
There has been a good performance against the waste management target, with a continued rise in recycling of food and packaging waste, WRAP announced. The combined recycling rate rose from 45% to 57% at the end of year two, which is a twelve percentage point increase – but there is still some way to go to reach the target by end of 2015, it said.
This aims to increase the overall rate of food and packaging waste recycled, sent to AD or composted to at least 70% by the end of 2015.
Dr Richard Swannell, Director of sustainable food systems at WRAP, said: “These achievements are the result of a lot of hard work by many people, and a huge undertaking by the sector over two years. The targets require real effort, so it’s great to see signatories performing well against both. Given this performance, I’m sure the final results will set a solid foundation for The Courtauld Commitment 2025.”
Resources Minister Rory Stewart said: “From big business through to the weekly shop – we all have a role to play in reducing food waste.
“It’s great to see progress being made by the hospitality sector – I want to encourage the whole food and drink industry to get behind our renewed push to reduce all waste – The Courtauld Commitment 2025.
“This is not only crucial for our natural environment, but our economy too – no food should go to waste.”
The Agreement includes food waste generated by hospitality and food service businesses. It also includes packaging associated with the delivery of food and drink into the sector, including primary, secondary and tertiary packaging.
Momentum behind the HaFSA continues to grow each year, helping drive real change on the ground. A lot of collaboration has taken place with signatories and supporters to tackle waste and increase recycling rates across the sector.