History of Courtauld

Tackling waste in the food supply chain since 2005...

The Courtauld Commitments are a series of voluntary agreement that have improved resource efficiency and reduced the carbon and wider environmental impact of the UK grocery sector.

The first Courtauld Commitment was launched in 2005 at a Ministerial event at the Courtauld Gallery in London and has proved to be a powerful vehicle for change

The agreements have been funded by the UK Governments and delivered by WRAP.

WRAP brokers and manages this sector-wide voluntary agreement, accelerating change in ways that governments, individual companies or community groups cannot achieve on their own. We forge powerful partnerships, bringing together organisations that would not normally work together to work towards common goals.

Below is an introduction to the three previous phases of the Commitment and what was achieved. The current phase, Courtauld 2025 brings together the Courtauld and Hospitality and Food Service Agreement (HaFSA) under one agreement and has wider and even more ambitious aims to to make food and drink production and consumption more sustainable.

Courtauld 1

Courtauld 1 (2005-2009) looked at new solutions and technologies so that less food and primary packaging ended up as household waste. It brought food waste onto the agenda.

Over the four year period of Phase 1, 1.2 million tonnes of food and packaging waste was prevented, with a monetary value of £1.8 billion, and a saving of 3.3 million tonnes of CO2e, which is equivalent to the emissions from 500,000 round-the-world flights.

As a result of actions by signatories, Love Food Hate Waste, local authorities and charity partners, 670,000 tonnes of food waste and 520,000 tonnes of packaging waste was avoided across the UK.

Courtauld 2

Phase 2 (2010-2012) built on Phase 1, still aiming to reduce primary packaging and household food and drink waste, but also included secondary and tertiary packaging, and supply chain waste. It moved from reducing weight to reducing the carbon impact of packaging.

A total of 1.7 million tonnes of waste was reduced through the influence of Phase 2. This impact has a monetary value of £3.1 billion and equates to a reduction of 4.8 million tonnes of CO2e.

Courtauld 3

The Courtauld Commitment 3 launched in May 2013 and ran until 2015. It aimed to further reduce the weight and carbon impact of household food waste, grocery product and packaging waste, both in the home and the UK grocery sector.

53 leading retailers, brands and manufacturers worked with WRAP to achieve over £100 million business savings by reducing food waste:

  • - Product and packaging waste reduced by 3%
  • - Recovery and recycling rate grew from 95% in 2012 to 99% in 2015
  • - 7% reduction in carbon impact of food and drink packaging
  • - A notable increase in surplus food and drink redistributed for human consumption

Courtauld 2025

Our ambitious voluntary agreement brings together organisations across the food system to make food & drink production and consumption more sustainable.

At its heart is a ten-year commitment to identify priorities, develop solutions and implement changes to cut the carbon, water and waste associated with food & drink by at least one-fifth in 10 years.

Courtauld 2025

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