Courtauld Commitment

The majority of our clients are committed to sustainable operations throughout their processes – from manufacture, packaging, and supply chain to the recyclability of their product and its effect on the environment. We are aware of the needs for our clients to help progress towards a new low-carbon economy and meet many of the high standards and commitments they set for themselves.

A recent example of this is the Courtauld Commitment, a “voluntary agreement aimed at improving resource efficiency and reducing waste within the UK grocery sector” which started in 2005. It is currently in phase 3, the “Courtauld Commitment 3,” which was launched early May 2013 and runs until 2015. Some of the main focus points of this phase are to reduce food waste in the supply chain, and reduce retail and manufacturing waste by preventing and reducing grocery ingredient & product waste.

If the targets are achieved then the Courtauld Commitment 3 could deliver 1.1Mt (million tonnes) of waste reduction, and 2.9Mt of CO2 emission savings – the equivalent of permanently taking 1 million cars off the road.

52 leading retailers and manufacturers have signed up to the agreement. HPS have supplied hygienic pigging systems and other product recovery solutions for many of these businesses, including Boots, Accolade Wines, Britvic, Burtons Biscuits, Coca-Cola, Greencore, Heinz, Kingsland Wines, Nestle, P&G, Mondelez International, and Unilever.

On October 23rd 2014, we will be presenting and exhibiting at the Sustainable Food & Beverage Manufacturing Conference. Many of the signatories to the Courtauld Commitment 3 will also be in attendance.

How HPS Can Help

We help our clients reduce their product waste and increase their product yields, as well as decreasing the use of harmful cleaning products and water consumption. With 20 years of experience in implementing flexible, safe & intelligent hygienic pigging solutions, we work closely with our clients to help them achieve their sustainability and waste reduction commitments.

One example of this is Wickham Hill Winery in Australia, where minimising water consumption is paramount. Our solution provided 14.4 megalitres of water savings in the first year, and 237,600 litres of wine savings in the same period. “Everyone is trying to be environmentally conscious and pigging has significantly reduced our waste discharge” said Wickham Hill’s Stephen Cook.

If you would like any more information on how HPS can help you reach your sustainability targets in a cost effective manner then please email