Tackling food waste wherever it occurs across supply chains is a key priority for FDF members. Particular emphasis is placed on driving out inefficiency in supply chains to prevent waste and surpluses from occurring in the first place, in line with the food waste hierarchy.

FDF members are committed to working collaboratively with their supply chain partners to meet the WRAP Courtauld 2025 and UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 12.3 food waste reduction targets. This includes our support for important initiatives such as Step up to the Plate, the Food Waste Reduction Roadmap, and the Your Business is Food Campaign.

This is illustrated by the commitments the FDF has made around food waste within its Ambition 2025. These include the contribution we are making to the WRAP Courtauld 2025 target to reduce UK food waste by 20% per person by 2025 compared to 2015.

The Scottish Government has set a target of reducing food waste by 33% against 2013 levels. They published a food waste reduction action plan in April 2019 which explains how food waste can be reduced.

Updates & milestones

WRAP launch Courtauld Commitment 2030 with renewed targets

Today WRAP have announced that they have extended their Courtauld commitment to 2030, with renewed targets on food waste, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and water.

  1. On 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)
  2. On 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)
  3. On water, for businesses to increase water use efficiency in their own operations and contribute to achieving sustainable water management to improve the quality and availability of water at catchment scale with an overall target that by 2030 50% of fresh food is sources from areas with sustainable water management

You can find a summary of progress to date in the Courtauld Commitment Annual Report.

At the same time, and to enable smaller businesses to engage with Courtauld Commitment 2030, WRAP has introduced an Associate Membership model.

Ambition 2025 progress report and mid-term review published

On 24 February, the FDF launched our Ambition 2025 Mid-term Review and Ambition 2025 Progress Report 2020 which was supported by a series of member case studies.

As highlighted in this year’s progress report, there has been exceptional progress in some areas, including:

  • 55% reduction in CO2 emissions, five years before the target was due to be reached.
  • 41.5% reduction in absolute water consumption in 2019 and support for the Courtauld 2025 Water Ambition.
  • Contributed to the Food Waste Reduction Roadmap.
  • Continued to build relationships with key stakeholders and with UK governments including through engagement on various the Plastics tax; undertook advocacy on PRN cost crisis; supported the UK Plastics Pact; and launched new guidelines on using recycled content in plastic packaging applications.
  • Promoted the fewer and friendlier miles agenda through FDF’s 10 Point Checklist.
  • Updated and promoted the Sustainability Resource Hub.
  • Promoted the FDF Natural Capital Awareness Document.

The FDF also published a press release, with supporting quote from Environment Minister, Rebecca Pow MP. The launch has been extensively covered across the trade media.

UK Food Waste Reduction Roadmap Progress Report 2020

On 24 September, WRAP and IGD published the UK Food Waste Reduction Roadmap Progress Report 2020.

Despite the challenging times for the grocery sector, the WRAP/IGD report highlights the progress made in terms of businesses committing to the Roadmap, implementing Target Measure Act and reporting on food surplus and waste.

Alongside the report, WRAP also published a suite of new case studies, new and updated technical guidance and a new Whole Chain Food Waste Reduction Plan Toolkit which offers farm-to-fork solutions for businesses.


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