See examples of voluntary agreements in the UK: wrap.org.uk/category/what-we-offer/voluntary-agreements It has also negotiated a number of voluntary agreements with companies in recent years, including: Hospitality and Food Service Agreement – a voluntary agreement open to large and small businesses across the sector to support their efforts to reduce food and packaging waste and improve recycling. In March 2016, WRAP launched the Courtauld 2025 commitment. This new initiative is a voluntary agreement to reduce the environmental impact of the UK food and beverage industry throughout the food chain. More information. Courtauld`s commitment is a voluntary agreement between food industry stakeholders to reduce food packaging waste and household waste. In the first three phases, from 2005 to 2015, the commitment is expected to save $3 billion, reduce waste by 4 million tonnes and CO by 11 million tonnes. Voluntary instruments enable companies and businesses to voluntarily develop codes of conduct and corporate guidelines for which they are responsible. Voluntary instruments can also be facilitated by governments through voluntary agreements and public-private partnerships. WRAP found that commitments have helped to demonstrate that a voluntary approach can lead to real and lasting change. He cites three main elements of the commitments that have contributed to their success: KEY CONSIDERATIONS: The promotion and introduction of multi-lane pouches is an example of a voluntary reduction strategy, in which choice belongs to the consumer. Voluntary agreements are often a first step in the search for a new policy area, environmental issues that are not covered by existing regulations. These agreements are generally used as a political first step in managing new environmental challenges and are often seen as transitory until other regulations come into force.
The establishment of partnerships, the promotion of change, describes the tried and tested 5-step model, which should be followed to reach a successful voluntary agreement on food waste. This would be: progress can be made at different stages of the product lifecycle between packaging design and waste treatment. However, without cooperation across the sector, it is difficult to make real progress on scale. The UK Government has decided that such cooperation will help achieve its target of reducing biodegradable waste, in line with the EU landfill directive, and contribute to its broader policy on the efficient use of resources. It instructed WRAP, a British charity that has entered into public-private agreements to improve resource efficiency, to establish an inter-professional agreement. RomaniaIn 2013, a voluntary agreement on the prevention and recycling of packaging waste was signed in Romania between the Ministry of Environment and Forestry and its distribution and recycling companies to develop packaging waste prevention tools and improve recycling. The objective of the agreement was to increase the volume of package collected by 25%. The project is now being implemented in 14 major cities in Romania and will be phased in in other cities.
In the second webinar of the series Claire Kneller (Head of Food bei WRAP), David Rogers (Head of International Resource Management in WRAP), Dr. Simone Piras (Agricultural and Rural Economist at the James Hutton Institute), Nora Breggemann (Project Manager at Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Konsum und Produktion) and Dr. Raquel Diaz-Ruiz (researcher at the Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya) discuss voluntary agreements as a collaborative approach to reducing food waste throughout the supply chain: what causes food waste in the supply chain and how can voluntary agreements address them? What is the role of voluntary agreements in relation to legislation? What can we learn from voluntary agreements in Europe? Agreements