Action on climate effects of UK food and drink

WRAP, WWF, and eight supermarkets have announced their collaboration to tackle greenhouse gas emissions and climate impact from UK food and drink sector.

The Retailer Net Zero CAP (Collaborative Action Programme) will standardise measurement and reporting of GHG emissions from food and drink, and drive action on cutting the environmental impact of our food and drink.

There is currently a range of different approaches and methods used to measure the carbon footprint of food and drink products, resulting in confusion and inefficiencies across the sector. This absence of a consistent methodology creates a burden on producers and suppliers in food supply chains and mistrust in environmental reporting data. With estimates that food and drink consumed in the UK is responsible for around 35 per cent of emissions, this is a worrying issue.

Standardisation will remove an important barrier to the food sector’s ability to meet challenging environmental targets, and will increase trust and confidence in using this information to take action on high-impact areas.

WRAP and WWF have secured commitment from Aldi, Co-op, Lidl, M&S, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, and Waitrose. The first phase, in 2023, will ensure consistent measurement and reporting of their scope 3 GHG emissions, building on the WRAP Scope 3 GHG measurement and protocols in May 2023, and the piloting of these with 17 businesses across the food supply chain.

The announcement builds upon the pledge to action on climate under the WWF's Retailers' Commitment for Nature group and WRAP’s Courtauld 2030 GHG target, which is aiming to achieve a 50 per cent absolute reduction in emissions associated with UK food and drink by 2030.

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