Courtauld Commitment 2025 Milestone Progress Report

24th January 2020

WRAP’s latest data shows that the strategies developed under Courtauld 2025, and delivered through wide-ranging partnerships, are working.

Key points
2015-18 has seen a 7% reduction in food waste (480,000 tonnes), 7% reduction in GHG emissions (7.1 million tonnes CO2e) and collective action projects targeting water scarcity.
Key themes informing our strategy are working in partnership, tackling household food waste, measurement as a means to action and evidence that informs action.
Challenges and forward priorities include winning the war on food waste, reducing pressures on water and tackling the climate crisis.

The Courtauld Commitment 2025 Milestone Progress Report sets out the progress that has been made by the food and drink sector against the voluntary agreement’s targets. Also highlighted are best practice activities across the sector to reduce food waste, greenhouse gas emissions and pressures on water..

Alongside the Milestone Progress Report we have published ‘UK progress against the Courtauld Commitment 2025 and UN Sustainable Development Goal 12.3’. This report provides more detail and context of progress against the Courtauld Commitment 2025 targets, as well as information on the UK’s contribution to achieving UN Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 to halve food waste by 2030.

Progress made includes:

  • Household food waste (food and inedible parts) now totals 6.6 million tonnes - down from 7.1 million tonnes in 2015. This is 70% of the food that is wasted post farm gate.
  • Total UK food waste now measures 9.5 million tonnes (household and supply chain, 2018) down from 10 million tonnes in 2015 (and 1.7 million tonnes a year lower than in 2007). The greenhouse gas (GHG) enissions associated with total UK food waste is around 25 million tonnes CO2e – equivalent to 5% of UK territorial emissions (including some overseas production) and the same as produced by 10 million cars, a third of all cars on UK roads in 2018. The land required to produce the food we waste would be equivalent to an area larger than Wales.
  • Action by Courtauld 2025 signatories has helped reduce the amount of food waste in the supply chain by 4% per capita over the period 2015/18, with the supply chain contributing around 30% to the UK total, at 2.9 million tonnes.
  • Collaborative water projects in the UK and overseas have reached more than 500 suppliers.
  • There has been a 7% CO2e reduction across the food system, equivalent to 730,000 fewer cars on the road.

Other highlights in the report include: