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WRAP envisages pan-European Courtauld commitment

Liz Goodwin, WRAP’s chief executive, has set out her vision for an international voluntary agreement to reduce food waste.

In a House of Lord’s inquiry on the EU contribution to food waste prevention, Goodwin was questioned by MPs on how the existing UK grocery sector initiative - the Courtauld Commitment - could be extended across Europe.

“It will have to be a framework and could not be as precise as we have been in the UK,” said Goodwin.

“If we were broadening Courtauld across Europe, or the world, this would need a fairly broad framework to allow individual countries to have specific issues that they tackle,” she added.

WRAP is already looking to implement a similar expansion strategy in the UK. Since the extension of the commitment from packaging to food waste and supply chain, it had become difficult to set targets that would work across sectors and brands, said Goodwin.

“We are now working on how to create a framework that allows for collective action, where each individual company has its own target, but they sit within a framework.”

The Local Government Association is also looking at ways to extend Courtauld beyond the grocery sector.

Lords members of the EU Agriculture, Fisheries, Environment and Energy Sub-Committee heard from WRAP’s chief executive as part of an on-going inquiry to examine the issue of food waste, scrutinise proposed EU-level proposals any identify areas for further research.

The Committee will make policy recommendations to the European Commission (EC) and member states including the UK.

The EC has set a target of a 50% reduction in food waste by 2020.

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