Experts' profiles - Richard Swannell
Richard Swannell
Dr Richard Swannell is Director of Design & Waste Prevention at WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme), an organisation that helps businesses and individuals reap the benefits of reducing waste, developing sustainable products and using resources in an efficient way.

Richard has spent his career working on ways of reducing our impact on the environment, and enabling businesses and consumers to make the necessary changes. He is a biochemist by training, with a Masters in Environmental Fate of Agrochemicals and a Doctorate in Environmental Engineering. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

His current remit is to lead WRAP's Design & Waste Prevention team where he is responsible for driving improved design and resource efficiency in key resource intensive sectors. Richard leads the team that produced one of the first reports on food waste in the home and established programmes to reduce waste in the UK. His team developed, and still delivers, the consumer food waste reduction initiative ' Love Food Hate Waste ' and the innovative ' Courtauld Commitment ' agreement.

Some of Richard's greatest successes can be attributed to the ' Courtauld Commitment ', a voluntary agreement with the grocery sector. The agreement has helped reduce household food waste by more than 1.1mt (a 13% reduction in waste arisings) and saving 3.6 million tonnes CO2(e) in four years. In the supply chain the agreement has reduced food and packaging waste by 210,000 tonnes (8.8% reduction) and total packaging has reduced by 8.2% in carbon terms in only two years.

Richard is also responsible for the ' Hospitality and Food Service Agreement ', which was launched last year and now has over 130 signatories from across the industry.
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