WRAP publishes Annual Report 2013/2014

22nd July 2014

WRAP today published its Annual Report and Accounts for the year to end March 2014.

In her opening statement, WRAP Chief Executive Dr Liz Goodwin said it had been a year of strong achievement, there had been good progress towards more efficient use of resources in the UK, however there was still much to be done and WRAP was well placed to play its part.   

She said: 

“WRAP’s vision is a world where resources are used sustainably. We know from partner feedback that there is a clear role and appetite for WRAP, as enablers of change, to help make this happen. There are some big challenges - and opportunities - in achieving our vision. We need collective action to innovate, find technical solutions, ensure we have the right policy framework, develop new business models that make better use of resources, develop infrastructure, raise awareness and achieve real engagement. 

Recently, we have sharpened our focus upon the areas where our research shows we can make the greatest difference in terms of the impact on the world’s resources:  food and drink, textiles, electricals and the built environment, all underpinned by a healthy, growing resource management sector.”

The Annual Report sets out some of the areas of significant progress over the past year. These include: 

  • ‘first of its kind’ global guidance for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) providing a “how-to” guide to governments, local authorities and businesses to design effective food waste prevention programmes. 
  • Launch of new Sustainable Clothing Action Programme (SCAP) targets with the clothing sector agreeing to cut environmental impact by 15% supported by a new WRAP ‘Love your Clothes’ consumer campaign.
  • Second phase of the Courtauld Commitment achievements reported - 1.7 million tonnes of waste prevented saving £3.1 billion, and representing a reduction of 4.8 million tonnes of CO2eq.

In his statement, WRAP Chairman Peter Stone said the plans to seek charitable status would assist with the strategy to diversify the funding base, and other new opportunities.

The Extraordinary General Meeting of WRAP members to seek approval for steps needed to make that transition and application will take place on 4 August.   

 

ENDS

 

Notes to editors:

 

WRAP’s vision is a world where resources are used sustainably. It works in partnership to help businesses, individuals and communities improve resource efficiency.

Established as a not-for-profit company in 2000, WRAP is backed by funding from UK governments.

 

For more information on WRAP’s annual report, please visit: http://www.wrap.org.uk/content/wrap-annual-report-2014

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