APPENDIX 5: WRAP INITIATIVES AND PROGRAMMES |
The Courtauld Commitment is a voluntary agreement
that was launched in 2005. Its aim is to improve resource efficiency
and reduce waste within the UK grocery sector.
The agreement is funded by Westminster, Scottish,
Welsh and Northern Ireland governments and is delivered by WRAP.
Responsible for the agreement, WRAP works in partnership with
retailers, brand owners, manufacturers and suppliers who sign
up and support the delivery of targets.
The agreement is currently in its third phase, 'Courtauld
Commitment 3', with each phase covering a specific period of time
and particular focus:
Courtauld Commitment 1 (2005-2009)
This phase focused on bringing food waste on the
agenda, and looked at new solutions and technologies so that less
food and primary packaging ended up as household waste. Over Phase
1, 1.2 million tonnes of food and packaging waste was prevented,
which is equivalent to a saving of £1.8 billion and 3.3 million
tonnes of CO2. Examples of efforts made included The
Co-operative introducing food storage tips on fresh produce bags
and grocery retailers achieving major reductions in Easter egg
Courtauld Commitment 2 (2010-2012)
Phase 2 built on Phase 1, with a continued aim of
reducing primary packaging and household food and drink waste,
but additionally included secondary and tertiary packaging, and
supply chain waste. This phase focused more on reducing the carbon
impact of packaging. During Phase 2, 1.7 million tonnes of waste
was reduced, with a monetary value of £3.1 billion and a
reduction of 4.8 million tonnes of CO2. Examples of
efforts during this phase included Asda increasing the shelf life
of over 1,500 products and the introduction of the Heinz Beanz
reclosable 'fridge pack'.
Courtauld Commitment 3 (2013-2015)
The current phase hopes to deliver sustainable growth,
save money and reduce environmental impact by focusing further
on food and drink waste reduction. It will aim to achieve this
by reducing food waste (such as in the home and supply chain),
reducing retail and manufacturing waste, and improving packaging
Phase 3 has three targets:
· Reduce household food and drink waste
by 5% by 2015;
· Reduce traditional grocery ingredient,
product and packaging waste in the grocery supply chain by 3%
by 2015; and
· Improve packaging through the supply chain
to maximise recycled content as appropriate, improve recyclability
and deliver product protection (to reduce food waste).
Achieving the above targets during this phase could
deliver a reduction of 1.1 million tonnes of waste, save £1.6
billion and 2.9 million tonnes of CO2.
'Fresher for Longer' Campaign
WRAP's 'Fresher for Longer' behaviour change campaign
in 2013 was aimed at explaining to consumers the function of packaging.
It achieved this by bringing together retailers, industry, local
authorities and the public. The campaign involved in-store activity
showcasing best practice on packaging information to help customers
understand and use date labels, get the best information on food
storage, and advice on the best packaging to keep food fresher
The Hospitality and Food Service Agreement
The Hospitality and Food Service Agreement is a voluntary
agreement established by WRAP to support the sector in reducing
waste and recycling more. According to research by WRAP, more
than 1.3 billion meals are wasted in the UK's hospitality and
food service sector every year.
The Agreement is made up of signatories from different
sized organisations (whether large or small), and range from sector
wholesalers/distributors to trade bodies.
WRAP has worked closely with interested and relevant
organisations and individuals to determine the targets for the
Agreement. These targets are owned by WRAP and collectively delivered
by signatories. WRAP delivers this Agreement across the UK through
its national programmes, including Zero Waste Scotland.
The Agreement's targets:
· Prevention target: Reduce food and associated
packaging waste arising by 5% by the end of 2015. This will be
against a 2012 baseline and will be measured by CO2 emissions.
· Waste management target: Increase the
overall rate of food and packaging waste being recycled, sent
to AD or composted to at least 70% by the end of 2015.
Product Sustainability Forum
The Product Sustainability Forum is a collaboration
of organisations made up of grocery and home improvement retailers
and suppliers, academics, NGOs and UK Government representatives.
It provides a platform for these organisations to work together
to measure, improve and communicate the environmental performance
of the grocery and home improvement products. WRAP provides the
Secretariat for the forum.
318 The Courtauld Commitment,
The Hospitality and Food Service Agreement, WRAP Back
Product Sustainability Forum, WRAP Back