Environmental charity WRAP has announced revised targets to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and food waste, as well as achieve more sustainable water management along the food chain.
The Courtauld Commitment 2025 was a 10-year programme on GHG, food waste and water quality launched by WRAP in 2015. The agreement included more than 90% of UK food industry as well as trade bodies, local authorities and NGOs.
Marcus Gover, WRAP chief executive, said its targets had now been toughened and extended.
He said: “I’m immensely proud of what we have achieved under the Courtauld Commitment 2025. But with COP26 fast approaching, a new Courtauld Commitment 2030 has been refreshed to build on this success and to meet newer demands of climate action head-on.”
WRAP has signed up more than 80 businesses, trade bodies, NGOs, Government departments and other stakeholders to the revised commitment. It now aligns with the global targets on food waste reduction set by the UN’s sustainable development goal (SDG) 12.3.
It commits participants to:
A 50% absolute reduction in GHG emissions associated with food and drink consumed in the UK by 2030, against a 2015 baseline
A 50% per capita reduction in food waste by 2030 vs the UK 2007 baseline
To achieve sustainable water management in the top 20 most important product and ingredient sourcing areas in the UK and overseas
WRAP said that, if the goals are met, UK food waste would be 800,000 tonnes lower in 2030 compared with 2025, saving food worth £2.4bn a year and the equivalent of 1.9 billion meal. Between 2025 and 2030, the extended and more ambitious food waste target would result in 22.6 million tonnes of food waste being avoided.
To progress the commitment, WRAP has introduced an associate membership model. Small and medium-sized enterprises will be able access an online platform with resources to help them achieve targets on carbon, preventing food waste and water stewardship.