Gillian Garside-Wight, packaging technology director, Sun Branding Solutions said: “Courtald 2025 is welcome news for the packaging industry in the UK. How we package food and drink is closely tied up with the sustainability of its production and consumption, so it is really positive to see such a unified response.”
Wrap, unveiled the commitment which aims to reduce the resource intensity of the UK’s food and drink industry by one-fifth in the next 10 years.
The latest phase goes further than before with three targets: a 20% reduction in food and drink waste; a 20% reduction in greenhouse gas intensity of food and drink consumed in the UK; and a reduction in impact associated with water use in the supply chain.
So far the Courtauld Commitment 2025 has received 100 signitories including M&S, Aldi, Asda, Nestle, Unilever, Warburtons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Coca-Cola and Morrisons.
“The consumer has a massive part to play – but with retailers and brands on board alongside trade and sector organisations we’re set to see substantial change,” continued Garside-Wight.
“It’s a progressive agreement so the targets will be tough to meet. My only concern is that with the review point in 2018, the commitment is reliant on the signatories sustaining momentum themselves, rather than waiting until closer to 2025. Plus, there’s a need for clarity in terms of the metrics and baselines being used. With water and greenhouse gas reductions in particular, it is vital that we can prove what has been achieved.”
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