Retail and manufacturing waste down 80,000 tonnes against 2012 baseline


WRAP has published its second interim report on Courtauld Commitment 3 that shows retailers and manufacturers have reduced waste.

Signatories to the agreement have reduced grocery ingredient, product and packaging waste in manufacturing and retail operations by 80,000 tonnes again the 2012 baseline figure.


The latest figures also show that associated carbon dioxide emissions were down by 3.9% as a result.

This reduction was achieved at the same time as sales were up by more than 5% for signatories over the first two years of the Courtauld 3 agreement.

WRAP director of sustainable food systems Richard Swannell (pictured) said: “I’m delighted with the progress towards targets in the first two years of the Courtauld Commitment Phase 3. What makes Courtauld so effective is the sector-wide approach to tackling the most impactful areas.

“Not just thinking about what will help your business, but what will make a more environmentally and economically effective supply chain.

“It’s important we continue to strive in the final year of Courtauld Phase 3 and push the boundaries in the preparation for Courtauld 2025.”

Although not a specific target under the agreement, WRAP estimates that the level of food redistribution has increased by three quarters on the 2012 baseline to around 20,000 tonnes.