The UK food and drink industry has underlined its commitment to protecting the environment through a ground-breaking voluntary agreement, the Courtauld Commitment, delivered by environmental charity WRAP.
The commitment is aimed at addressing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal of halving food waste by 2030. It will now also be central in achieving and monitoring progress towards Net Zero ambitions and convening action on water stewardship in at-risk food sourcing locations.
This represents the first industry-wide collaborative action taken to reaching a 50% absolute decrease in greenhouse gas emissions associated with food and drink consumed in the UK by 2030.
The Courtauld Commitment brings together over 80 businesses, trade bodies, NGOs, government departments and other organisations to set new GHG targets.
A WRAP statement said:
“The pioneering work of the Courtauld Commitment now aligns seamlessly with the wider global target on food waste reduction under the UN’s SDG 12.3. To reflect this synergy more clearly, a new moniker for the world’s most ambitious voluntary agreement for sustainable food means it becomes the ‘Courtauld Commitment 2030.’”
As part of the agreement, there is a more ambitious food waste target, which aims to cut food waste by 2.6 million tons between 2025 and 2030, a saving of £8 billion in food, equivalent to 6.2 billion meals.