The Courtauld Commitment 2030

Reducing food waste, cutting carbon and protecting critical water resources

The Courtauld Commitment 2030 is a UK success story - a voluntary agreement that enables collaborative action across the entire UK food chain to deliver farm-to-fork reductions in food waste, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and water stress that will help the UK food and drink sector achieve global environmental goals.

Our targets

Challenging and ambitious, the Courtauld 2030 targets are fully aligned with UK and international environmental goals.

For food waste

To deliver against UN SDG 12.3: a 50% per capita reduction in food waste by 2030 vs the UK 2007 baseline (covering manufacture, retail, hospitality and food service, and household).

The scope of the Courtauld Commitment 2030’s food waste reduction target remains unchanged from the Courtauld Commitment 2025 (covering manufacture, retail, hospitality and food service and household), as does the level of ambition for impact to 2025 (a 20% reduction compared to 2015).

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For GHG emissions

To deliver a 50% absolute reduction in GHG emissions associated with food and drink consumed in the UK by 2030 (against a 2015 baseline).

This is aligned to a 1.5oC pathway and an important milestone towards meeting wider food sector targets for Net Zero by 2040, e.g. within the British Retail Consortium’s Climate Roadmap.

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For water

An overall target by 2030 that 50% of fresh food is sourced from areas with sustainable water management.

As well as businesses continuing to increase water use efficiency in their own operations, our combined objective is that, by 2030, the UK food & drink industry will have helped to achieve sustainable water management to improve the quality and availability of water at catchment scale in the top 20 most important product & ingredient sourcing areas in the UK and overseas.

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Food System Transformation - The Courtauld Commitment 2030

The Food System Transformation Plan

Our Transformation Plan contains information, all in one place, on what the food and drink sector needs to do to achieve the Courtauld 2030 targets.

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We help retailers and their supply chains to be more resource efficient, encourage consumers to reduce their waste, and redistribute more surplus food to those in need.

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By making their production processes more efficient, manufacturers are instrumental in protecting key resources - food, water carbon.

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Hospitality and food service

Hospitality and food service

With award-winning campaigns, we're helping businesses to reduce the amount of food thrown away, reduce water stress and GHG emissions.

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More opportunities

  • Courtauld Affiliates

    Courtauld Affiliates

    Achieve your sustainability objectives.

  • Courtauld Associates

    Courtauld Associates

    Take action to deliver on environmental, social, and governance objectives.

  • The Courtauld Commitment 2030: Helping to move your business to net zero

    Move to net zero

    Go beyond targets by delivering practical changes that go beyond ‘greenwash’.

  • Surplus food redistribution

    Redistribution organisations

    Identify ways of increasing the beneficial use of surplus food.

  • Citizen behaviour change

    Citizen campaigns

    Get involved with our award-winning citizen campaigns.

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