Courtauld Commitment 1 – supporting quotes

Government and Industry supporting quotes at the results of Phase 1:

Environment Minister, Lord Henley: 

“The results of the first phase of the Courtauld Commitment show real progress on reducing food and packaging waste, and demonstrate how effectively governments and businesses can work together through responsibility deals.

“Phase 2 of the Courtauld Commitment sees us going even further to tackle food and packaging waste, and I would urge companies who are considering signing up to join us in rising to this new challenge.”

Scotland Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead:

The Courtauld Commitment has driven a revolution in the nation's shopping baskets by changing the way products are packaged. It has been a clear success and it has led to real changes in the products and packaging we see on our supermarket shelves.  But there is more to do if we are to deliver on our aims for a zero waste Scotland.

"We want retailers and food manufacturers to up their ambition in terms of making more packaging easy to recycle, to use more recycled content, and to reduce the impact of food waste and other waste throughout the whole supply chain.  We will only get to zero waste by everyone doing their bit, and I want to see more Scottish firms, particularly our iconic food and drinks industries, signing up to initiatives like Courtauld."

Welsh Government Environment Minister Jane Davidson:

My aim is to make waste prevention as much of a normal part of life as recycling is today. These results show that we can reach this ambition.

“Reducing the amount of food we throw away is one of the priorities in Wales’ waste strategy, Towards Zero Waste, so I am particularly encouraged by the reduction in food waste.

“I also commend the way that retailers and manufacturers are working together to deliver the Courtauld Commitment, and look forward to seeing the results of the next phase.”

Northern Ireland Environment Minister Edwin Poots:

“I welcome the results of the Courtauld Commitment Phase 1 as a positive move in the right direction in the reduction of packaging.  Phase 2 of the Commitment will continue, and extend, the contribution to waste reduction by the UK retail grocery supply chain and households and this very much complements the aims of the Rethink Waste campaign which I recently launched in Northern Ireland.’’

British Retail Consortium Director General, Stephen Robertson: 

“This is a spectacular achievement. Preventing waste is the holy grail of the drive for a zero-waste economy. Recycling is good. It produces environmental benefits but dramatically more resources are saved by not producing that material in the first place. 

“The huge fall in food waste is the best news and a tribute to retailers’ work with customers, supported by WRAP and local authority initiatives. With food production generating significant emissions – much more than packaging – cutting the amount of food wasted means big environmental and financial gains for us all.”

Food & Drink Federation Director of Sustainability, Andrew Kuyk: 

“The Courtauld Commitment has been a key part of FDF’s Five-fold Environmental Ambition and we are delighted that our members have made such an important contribution to the very substantial savings in waste which grocery manufacturers and retailers have helped to deliver. 

“This shows what can be done through a partnership approach and we look forward to building on these achievements as we move to the next phase of the Courtauld process.”