Courtauld Commitment 2

A total of 1.7 million tonnes of waste has been prevented through the influence of the Courtauld Commitment 2, saving £3.1 billion. This represents a reduction of 4.8 million tonnes of CO2eq.

Courtauld Commitment 2 (Phase 2) was a continuation of the original Courtauld Commitment (Phase 1), and ran from 2010 to December 2012. 

This voluntary agreement moved away from solely weight-based targets and aimed to reduce the carbon impact of grocery packaging, and cut supply chain and household food and drink waste.


WRAP worked closely with the 53 signatories of the Courtauld Commitment 2 to achieve financial and environmental savings. Read a summary of the results below or access the full results

Packaging target was achieved 

The carbon impact of grocery packaging was reduced by 10.0% compared to the target of 10%. Grocery packaging weight also reduced by 10.7%.

Supply chain product and packaging waste target was exceeded

Traditional grocery product and packaging waste in the grocery supply chain was reduced by 7.4%, far exceeding the 5% target. Supply chain waste decreased by 217,000 tonnes per year over the period. 

Household food and drink waste target was narrowly missed 

A 3.7% absolute reduction in total household food waste was achieved (270,000 tonnes per year) against a target of 4% (92% of the target was achieved). However, avoidable household food waste reduced by 5.3%. This will have saved consumers £700 million and local authorities £20 million a year in 2012. The carbon savings associated with the reduction in avoidable household food waste amounted to around 930,000 tonnes CO2eq a year. 

View the Household Food Waste Technical Paper, and the Packaging and Supply Chain Waste Technical Paper.

Phase 2 

Total reductions achieved

2012 targets

Supply chain product and packaging waste7.4%5%
Household food and drink waste3.7% 4% 

Benefits of the Commitment

The Courtauld Commitment 2 helped businesses, consumers and local authorities to save money, improve performance and reduce their carbon footprint.  

It specifically helped businesses to:

  1. Reduce costs.
  2. Improve the resource efficiency of products and their packaging.
  3. Better position organisations for a carbon-constrained future.
  4. Deliver against consumer expectations.
  5. Help drive innovation in the sector. 

Further information

What's next?

Courtauld 3 plans to deliver further reductions of grocery product and packaging waste in the UK. It was launched in May 2013 and will finish in 2015.