Banbury, UK — WRAP has published its Annual Report and Accounts for the year to end March 2014. In her opening statement, WRAP Chief Executive Dr Liz Goodwin said it had been a year of strong achievement, there had been good progress towards more efficient use of resources in the UK, however there was still much to be done and WRAP was well placed to play its part.
She commented: “WRAP’s vision is a world where resources are used sustainably. We know from partner feedback that there is a clear role and appetite for WRAP, as enablers of change, to help make this happen. There are some big challenges – and opportunities – in achieving our vision. We need collective action to innovate, find technical solutions, ensure we have the right policy framework, develop new business models that make better use of resources, develop infrastructure, raise awareness and achieve real engagement.
„Recently, we have sharpened our focus upon the areas where our research shows we can make the greatest difference in terms of the impact on the world’s resources: food and drink, textiles, electricals and the built environment, all underpinned by a healthy, growing resource management sector.“
Areas of significant progress
The Annual Report sets out some of the areas of significant progress over the past year. These include:
- ‚First of its kind‘ global guidance for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) providing a “how-to“ guide to governments, local authorities and businesses to design effective food waste prevention programmes.
- Launch of new Sustainable Clothing Action Programme (SCAP) targets with the clothing sector agreeing to cut environmental impact by 15 er cent supported by a new WRAP ‘Love your Clothes’ consumer campaign.
- Second phase of the Courtauld Commitment achievements reported – 1.7 million tonnes of waste prevented saving £3.1 billion, and representing a reduction of 4.8 million tonnes of CO2eq.
Economic and environmental benefits
According to the new Annual Report, a key part of WRAP`s strategic approach is an understanding of the flow of resources around an economy and the economic and environmental benefits of making that economy more circular. In the case of the UK, WRAP has developed a vision of a UK economy that has become more circular by 2020. Compared to 2010, this would:
- Use 30 million tonnes less direct material input
- Recycle 20 million tonnes more material
- Produce 50 million tonnes less waste
Achieving this vision would:
- Improve the UK‟s trade balance by up to £23 billion per year
- Improve business competitiveness by reducing costs by around £52 billion per year
- Increase recycling sector GVA by £2 billion
- Create 10,000 new jobs in recycling
- Reduce GHG emissions by over 60 million tonnes CO2e
The Annal Report 2013/14 can be downloaded from wrap.org.uk.
Source: Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP)