York, 4 May, 2016. The Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC) has joined Wrap’s Courtauld Commitment, an ambitious ten-year voluntary agreement that brings together organisations across the food system – from producer to consumer – to make food and drink production and consumption more sustainable.
“We are very pleased to have joined this exciting agreement, that has also been signed by the UK’s major supermarkets, Coca-Cola, WWF and Unilever to name but a few,” comments BDC Director, Dr Joe Ross. “Signing this commitment is a natural progression to our work. Our core focus is helping businesses develop products from biomass, so one of our strengths as an R&D centre is helping companies find innovative ways to make the best use of unavoidable food waste. For instance, we have a number of ongoing projects evaluating how side streams from the food manufacturing process can be converted into pharmaceuticals and personal care ingredients.”
The collective ambition of Courtauld 2025 is to cut the amount of resource needed to provide our food & drink, reducing waste and GHG emissions by one-fifth in ten years from 2015. This could put the UK on course to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 for reducing food waste by 2030, relative to when the Courtauld Commitment started in 2007.
Richard Swannell, Director of Sustainable Food Systems, said: “Courtauld 2025 is our most ambitious agreement yet and we are delighted that the Biorenewables Development Centre has pledged their support as a signatory. We are faced with some big challenges ahead with rising populations, climate change and dwindling resources. But tackling food waste offers a practical option to address these challenges and in doing so, will create new opportunities. Only by working together can we hope to realise the big changes that are essential to ensuring a more prosperous future for individuals, businesses and the planet.”
The need for a step change in how we produce and consume food and drink is widely recognised. Demand is rising, both in the UK and globally, and the UK food and drink supply chain will be subject to growing volatility as resource scarcity increases and the impacts of climate change take greater effect.
For further information, please contact:
Dr Fabien Deswarte
Business Development Unit Manager
Biorenewables Development Centre
+44 (0)1904 328043
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About the Courtauld Commitment 2025
The Courtauld Commitment 2025 is the world–leading voluntary agreement to work along the entire food chain to reduce the environmental impact of our food and drink, from farm to fork and beyond. To date, over 100 signatories have already signed up, representing 93% of the 2016 UK food retail market.
Our ambition is to cut the resource needed to provide food & drink by one-fifth in ten years, increasing value for everyone. The targeted overall outcomes from 2015 to 2025, calculated as a relative reduction per head of population, are:
- 20% reduction in food & drink waste arising in the UK
- 20% reduction in the GHG intensity of food & drink consumed in the UK
- A reduction in impact associated with water use in the supply chain
WRAP’s vision is a world where resources are used sustainably. It works in partnership with governments, businesses, trade bodies, local authorities, communities and individuals looking for practical advice to improve resource efficiency that delivers both economic and environmental benefits. Their mission is to accelerate the move to a sustainable resource-efficient economy through:
- re-inventing how we design, produce and sell products,
- re-thinking how we use and consume products, and
- re-defining what is possible through re-use and recycling.
First established in 2000, WRAP is a registered charity. WRAP works with UK governments and other funders to help deliver their policies on waste prevention and resource efficiency.