The view from WRAP

  • There is a pathway to reduce food loss and waste – now is the time to step up

    By: Marcus Gover, CEO WRAP Posted: 20 Sep 2017
    As a Champion 12.3, I am committed to driving action to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goal of halving food loss and waste by 2030.  It’s an ambitious target, but one as Champions we believe is not only achievable, but essential.Essential because it matters economically, environmentally and sociallyEconomically because the global economy is losing $940 billion every year;...
  • How moving towards a circular economy can drive productivity

    By: Marcus Gover, CEO WRAP Posted: 21 Apr 2017
    It was good to see resource efficiency as part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper. This approach has the potential to deliver significant increases in the UK’s productivity, jobs and growth, as well as carbon and other environmental benefits, which is what I said in WRAP’s response.  In welcoming the current proposals for including resource efficiency in one of the strategy’...
  • Time to unite in the Food Waste Fight: The business case to act and reduce food waste and loss

    By: Marcus Gover, CEO WRAP Posted: 7 Mar 2017
    With one third of all food produced on this planet wasted or lost, food waste is a colossal challenge we can’t afford to ignore.  Neither can businesses, municipalities, and governments afford to ignore our new report, co-authored with the World Resources Institute, on behalf of Champions 12.3.‘The Business Case for Reducing Food Loss and Waste’ report finds significant returns for company...
  • Food waste is a battle we can win by working together

    By: Marcus Gover, CEO WRAP Posted: 13 Jan 2017
    “Where there is unity there is always victory,” wrote Publilius Syrus around 46BC.  So this week when we see that progress in reducing UK household food waste has stalled, it doesn’t mean we are losing.  It means we need to unite in the fight against food waste.More people are talking about food waste than ever before, which is great news.  But it isn’t enough.  7.3 million...
  • Going for gold – the race to beat global food waste

    By: Dr Richard Swannell, Director Development Programmes Posted: 26 Sep 2016
    2016 has been a huge year for UK athletes. Scores of sportsmen and women smashed personal bests and brought home an amazing haul of medals from Rio. The Olympic and Paralympic Games showcase the best in the world where skill, training, ambition and action are key to success. Watching the Games I was struck by how these same drivers are essential in another Herculean task that we all face,...
  • The circular economy revolution

    By: Dr Ian Garner Posted: 3 Jun 2013
    The idea of thinking of our economy as a circular process is taking on greater global importance and I’m delighted that Northern Ireland is right in the middle of this debate. The simple fact is we just can’t continue to use and dispose of our resources as we do now. If we do, then by 2050 we will need at least three times more material resources - and 70% more food - just to maintain the status...
  • A helping hand for your community and its environment

    By: Dr Ian Garner Posted: 19 Apr 2013
    It’s that time of year again - WRAP Northern Ireland is pleased to announce the latest round of the Rethink Waste Revenue Fund aimed at increasing resource efficiency in Northern Ireland. Continuing the Rethink Waste Revenue Fund this year reflects the success of many projects in making Northern Ireland more resource efficient since the Department of the Environment (DOE) introduced the Fund...