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ROAD TO REDUCTION

WRAP’s Food Waste Reduction Roadmap outlines how the UK can cut its waste and help contribute to the UN’s sustainable development goal.

Roadmap

04 December 2018 Bradford Keen 


Emma Potter

The plan is clear: By next year, 50 per cent of the country’s 250 biggest food businesses should be measuring and reporting their food waste, as well as following an action plan to reduce it. By 2026, all 250 companies will be doing the same.


This is the aim of WRAP’s Food Waste Reduction Roadmap, developed in partnership with food and grocery industry research and training charity IGD. The roadmap was launched by WRAP CEO Marcus Glover at September’s Champions 12.3 event, which gathers global leaders from government, business, civil society, research institutions and farming groups to devise and review strategies to achieve the 12th of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


The 12th goal focuses on “sustainable consumption and production patterns” and its third target aims to cut in half global food waste per capita at retail and consumer level by 2030, as well as reduce food loss in production and along the supply chain. Hence the 12:3 name.


WRAP’s Food Waste Reduction Roadmap’s Target-Measure-Act model sets out how UK businesses can contribute to meeting the UN SDG.


Target: Set a goal to reduce the amount of waste your organisation throws away. Either align with the 12.3 SDG target or what is feasible for your organisation to achieve in its current position.


Measure: WRAP and IGD have created measuring tools, such as waste calculators, to track food waste, as well as guidance documents that offer advice on reducing waste. Measurements should be consistently carried out and WRAP encourages organisations to share this information with others in the industry.


Act: Partner with organisations such as WRAP or IGD for advice and guidance. Also, collaborate with suppliers, clients, staff, and consumers to find feasible and actionable solutions.  



Sept 2018

Retailers and >50 other large food businesses commit to ‘Target, Measure and Act’ on food waste, adopting SDG12.3, or setting a target contributing to the SDG12.3


Businesses have adopted common food surplus and waste measurement template and guidelines 


Agreement on a consistent way to invite suppliers to implement ‘Target, Measure, Act’ 


Trade bodies agree to encourage and support members to ‘Target, Measure, Act’, and facilitate reporting 


Roadmap launched



Mar 2019

More businesses are measuring food surplus and waste in their own operations in accordance with adopted guidelines 


More businesses have an action plan to reduce food waste in their own operations 


Retailers have engaged their suppliers to ‘Target, Measure and Act’ on food surplus and waste 


Whole Chain Food Waste Reduction (FWR) plans are agreed with key suppliers 


Retailers and other businesses are engaging consumers to influence their behaviours and reduce their food waste



Sept 2019

More businesses are publicly reporting food surplus and waste in their own operations – as individual companies or via other channels


All large retailers and 50% of other large food businesses have a target and are measuring, reporting and taking action on food waste


Large food businesses are engaging their suppliers to ‘Target, Measure and Act’ on food surplus and waste


WRAP reporting on progress under C2025



2022

Food waste to sewer is being robustly and routinely quantified, using agreed approach. Re-baselining is being undertaken where needed



75% of large food businesses have a target and are measuring, reporting and taking action on food waste



50 active whole chain FWR plans in place


WRAP reporting on progress under C2025



2026

100% of large food businesses have a target and are measuring, reporting and taking action on food waste


100 active whole chain FWR plans in place


WRAP reporting on progress under C2025



2030

Businesses have achieved the food waste reduction target for their own operations


All large food businesses taking action to help reduce consumer food waste


Whole chain FWR plans in place with all key suppliers


Report on UK progress vs SDG12.3