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The Courtauld Commitment 2030

Reducing food waste, cutting carbon and protecting critical water resources.

The Courtauld Commitment 2030 is a UK success story - a voluntary agreement that enables collaborative action across the entire UK food chain to deliver farm-to-fork reductions in food waste, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and water stress that will help the UK food and drink sector achieve global environmental goals.

Our targets

Challenging and ambitious, the Courtauld 2030 targets are fully aligned with UK and international environmental goals.

For food waste: To deliver against UN SDG 12.3: a 50% per capita reduction in food waste by 2030 vs the UK 2007 baseline (covering manufacture, retail, hospitality and food service, and household).

The scope of the Courtauld Commitment’s food waste reduction target will remain unchanged from the Courtauld Commitment 2025 (covering manufacture, retail, hospitality and food service and household), as will the level of ambition for impact to 2025 (a 20% reduction compared to 2015).

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For GHG emissions: To deliver a 50% absolute reduction in GHG emissions associated with food and drink consumed in the UK by 2030 (against a 2015 baseline).

This is aligned to a 1.5oC pathway and an important milestone towards meeting wider food sector targets for Net Zero by 2040 (e.g. within the British Retail Consortium’s Climate Roadmap).

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For water: An overall target by 2030 that: 50% of fresh food is sourced from areas with sustainable water management.

As well as businesses continuing to increase water use efficiency in their own operations, our combined objective is that, by 2030, the UK food & drink industry will have helped to achieve sustainable water management to improve the quality and availability of water at catchment scale in the top 20 most important product & ingredient sourcing areas in the UK and overseas.

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We work with many other types of organisation that can help achieve the Courtauld Commitment targets. These include trade associations, universities, local authorities, governmental and non-governmental bodies including third-sector organisations.

Contact us to find out how the Courtauld Commitment 2030 can help achieve your sustainability goals.