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New Courtauld Figures Show UK Grocery Sector on Track

New Courtauld Figures Show UK Grocery Sector on Track
October 17
11:59 2012

The latest results of the Courtauld Commitment Phase 2 from WRAP, show significant progress by grocery sector signatories against its ambitious waste reduction and recycling targets for food and packaging. There has been a considerable reduction in supply chain waste: 8.8% less, well ahead of the three-year target of 5%.

Supply chain waste reduction was added to the voluntary agreement in Phase 2 and has been an area of focus for WRAP and signatories over the past year, following moderate impact in 2010. The cost and efficiency benefits of tackling waste prevention at retail and manufacturing sites across the supply chain are now being realised. However, work is still needed to embed good practices allowing businesses to reap the full benefits of reducing waste.

The packaging target is also on course, at more than three quarters of the way towards the target 10% carbon reduction. The second year results are encouraging given they have been achieved alongside an increase in volume sales among signatories. Household food waste data is not collected yearly but 3% was achieved in the first year.

These results demonstrate the continued commitment of grocery retailers, brands and manufacturers to reduce waste and increase recycling. To meet all three targets a continued combined performance by signatories, trade bodies and WRAP is needed. In particular, the success achieved by signatories in diverting waste from landfill has been substantial. The need to focus on waste prevention is ever increasing, which is a challenge and one being undertaken by signatories.

The Courtauld Commitment is supported by all four UK governments and is run by waste prevention delivery body WRAP. Phase 2 of the voluntary agreement, which began in 2010, builds on the success of the first phase of the Courtauld Commitment. It continues to support businesses to improve their overall performance and reduce their environmental impact. It is due to conclude in December 2012.

WRAP is currently working with government colleagues, as well as current Courtauld signatories and trade bodies, to determine the best way forward following the completion of the second phase of the Courtauld Commitment. The agreed outcome will aim to build on the significant progress delivered so far for both phases of the voluntary agreement.

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