Waste Reduction Over Whole Food System Targeted In Courtauld 2025

WRAP has been having discussions with governments and industry stakeholders about a new framework for collaborative action in the UK to follow Courtauld 3.

This is proposed to be a new ten-year framework (2016-2025), for collaborative action across the food & drink life-cycle in the UK, helping businesses to become more resilient to future changes in supply and demand.

The agreement is aptly named Courtauld 2025, but will differ significantly from the previous and existing Courtauld agreements by taking a whole system view to address other areas of resource efficiency for the first time.

Courtauld 2025 is still being developed and currently no targets have been identified.

The plan discussed with governments and industry members of WRAP’s Product Sustainability Forum, including BRC and FDF, is to agree over-arching targets for carbon, water and waste reduction spanning the whole food system.

Central to the proposed agreement is the ambition to help consumers to reduce avoidable food waste and to aid businesses to share efficiency savings along supply chains, waste less and get more value from unavoidable waste, and thereby increase business resilience. WRAP is keen to work with industry on developing the next steps and will be consulting a range of stakeholders.

Subject to further consultation, the proposal is to focus effort on four delivery themes:

  • changing what we supply
  • changing how we supply
  • changing how we consume
  • changing what we do with the wastes and by-products throughout the life cycle.

Given the scale of the global and national challenges around increased demand for food and the associated impacts, there is a strong need for sustained action.

Having an agreement that spans a longer timeframe will help enable organisations to assess the evidence, identify priorities, and work collaboratively to move beyond changes at individual stages of the food life-cycle and focus on optimising system-wide outcomes.

WRAP recently completed an in-depth review of global approaches to food waste prevention to help inform the recently released New Climate Economy report (launched in September, http://newclimateeconomy.report/, to inform the UN Climate Summit).

This shows that just a few countries around the world have demonstrated measurable success in national programmes for food waste prevention – with the UK as a leading exemplar that the future agreement will build upon.

WRAP will announce a formal proposition in 2015.

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