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Food and drink

Developing a sustainable food system

WRAP works with organisations across the food and drink industry, as well as local authorities, governments, non-governmental organisations and others to create economic and environmental value from reducing food waste and greenhouse gas emissions, and tackling issues around water stress across the supply chain.

Why repairing our global food system matters

1.3 billion tonnes

The amount of food that is wasted globally each year.*

*This is one third of all food produced for human consumption, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. In the UK, we throw away 6.6 million tonnes of household food waste a year in the UK, almost three quarters is food we could have eaten.

70%

The proportion of global freshwater that is used for agriculture.*

*What's more, 8 out of the top 10 countries that the UK sources fruit and vegetables from are drought-prone.

30%

The proportion of total greenhouse gas emissions created by global food production.

What is WRAP doing?

We enable organisations to unlock the economic benefits of waste reduction and resource efficiency in the food and drink supply chain.

Our experts develop collaborative projects that enable organisations to reduce food waste and GHG emissions, and protect critical water resources.

In the UK, our Courtauld Commitment delivers national and global goals in these three impact areas.

How WRAP can help you

Action on food waste

Using WRAP's tools and guidance, organisations can work out what types of waste to measure and how to measure it. By working with WRAP, your organisation can improve processes, find new techniques and implement best practice in your supply chain.

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Action on water stress

There are simple, nature-based solutions that can be implemented for multiple benefits: to restore habitats, protect soils, increase carbon storage, conserve water, reduce pollution and protect against flooding. This is a win-win for all.

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Action on greenhouse gas emissions

With nearly 150 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents linked to the production, distribution, consumption and disposal of the food and drink we consume in the UK, the Courtauld Commitment is taking collaborative action to deliver carbon reduction at scale.

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