Yesterday’s launch of WRAP’s new Courtauld Commitment, called Courtauld 2025, sees renewed vigour in moving the UK towards a resource efficient economy. Focused on the food and drink industry, the voluntary agreement seeks to achieve 20% reduction in food and drink waste arisings and £20 billion in cumulative savings through targeting hot spots of resource use and improving efficiencies from ‘farm to fork’.
Key signatories to the agreement include the UK’s major supermarkets, like Sainsbury’s and Tesco, and food and drink producers such as Nestlé and Apetito. Trade associations and local authorities alike have also committed to Courtauld 2025.
Commenting on the development, Resource Futures’ Stuart Woodham said:
“This is a fantastic step forward for the circular economy as wasted food also represents a significant amount of wasted water, energy, labour efforts and transport miles. There is also the social impact of the lost opportunity to feed those who could benefit when unwanted food could instead be redistributed to them via charities and community groups. We encourage all of our clients and stakeholders to sign up to the commitment and work in line with the food waste hierarchy. The 20% reduction is aimed at UK production, manufacture, distribution, retail, hospitality and food service and households. We have a long track record of working with WRAP, food and drink manufacturers, retailers, local authorities and the public - all of which are covered by Courtauld 2025 - to help them reduce food and drink waste.”
WRAP has published a list of actions that will be supported under Courtauld 2025:
1. Provide lower impact products: embed criteria that reduce resource use into decision-making processes for product design and development, buying and sourcing for priority product categories; design products that use less resources to produce or cook
2. Provide products more efficiently: identify potential system-level savings in whole supply chains for priority product categories, and implement changes; collaborate with others on challenges that businesses cannot tackle alone
3. Help people get more value from the food and drink they buy: engage consumers to influence behaviour, initially on food waste, and potentially link with complementary behaviours (such as healthier sustainable food choices, and valuing where food comes from)
4. Get more value from waste and surplus food and drink: identify wastes and surpluses that are currently ignored, match them to end-uses which deliver higher value (or lesser cost of disposal), and help broker links to innovative technologies and new market opportunities.”
If you need assistance with data collection and analysis, planning and prioritising improvement and communication do get in touch so that we can help you to meet the Courtauld 2025 targets.