discarded items while uneaten food and scraps are thrown away The UKs Courtauld

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discarded items, while uneaten food and scraps are thrown away. The UK’s Courtauld Commitment is a voluntary agreement that aims to bring together all sectors involved in food and drink production to increase sustainability. Signatories to the commitment’s most recent version, stretching to 2025, have pledged to reduce food waste by 20% over the next decade, principally through diversions outlined above. The UN Sustainable Development Goal 12.3, however, is to reduce food waste by 50%. Rather than relying on goodwill, in 2015 the French National Assembly banned supermarkets from throwing away or destroying unsold food. Supermarkets with a footprint exceeding 400 square metres will be fined if they have not signed donation contracts with charities. A combination of such a clear policy stance in the UK, together with revised regulations on property obligations for food items, would substantially eradicate food waste and increase steady supplies to those in need. 20 % Courtauld commitment: food waste reduction 9,000 tonnes Amount of food donated to Fareshare 2015-16 Waste prevention has to make financial sense for businesses to take it up. Successes include the leasing of aircraft engines by Rolls Royce (see Chapter 3); closed-loop bottling by food and drink manufacturers, through ‘bring back’ or return schemes; and the repair of capital-intensive goods by firms such as Caterpillar, which makes construction and mining equipment. But examples remain thin on the ground. Efforts like FareShare, a charity that aims to ensure that surplus food is used to feed those in need, rather than repurposed as fertiliser or fuel, illustrate the financial tensions of waste prevention (see case study on p20). Yet studies of food waste in the developed world continue to position it within a linear economy framing, seeing food waste as a ‘farm-to-fork’ issue that spans producers and supermarkets and ends with consumers 25, 75 . While many of the reasons for wastage lie deep in the supply chain, an emphasis on resource efficiency in relation to supermarket food waste will require consideration of the trade-offs between up-cycling interventions such as Fareshare, and downcycling ones that include AD. Post-Brexit, it is important to recognise that the EU remains the primary framework of environmental governance in the UK, at least in the short-to-medium term. Fifteen years of waste policy and all key policy drivers have been 21 CATHERINE ALEXANDER This document is not a statement of government policy
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W HA T I S W A S T E? E? formulated in relation to this regulatory context, in the UK and the devolved administrations. Key stakeholders – particularly local authorities and businesses – will require assurances that waste policy will be ‘business as usual’, at least for the immediate future.This will be essential to ensure continued profitability, to avoid costly contractual terminations and renegotiations, and to continue to fulfil statutory obligations with respect to municipal waste services. Having developed an
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