FDF members report reduction in water consumption and CO2 emissions

Posted: 29 January 2019 | | No comments yet

The FDF has recently published a report detailing the steps taken by its members to help deliver a more sustainable food system.


The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has published its annual sustainability progress report this week, outlining the steps taken by members to deliver its Ambition 2025, a set of commitments to help deliver a more sustainable food system.

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) is the voice of the UK food and drink industry, the largest manufacturing sector in the country. The UK food and drink industry accounts for 19 percent of the total manufacturing sector by turnover and employs over 400,000 people in the UK across 7,000 businesses. 

The 2018 report illustrates the work done by FDF and its members towards FDF’s environmental ambitions set out in 2016. This includes a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, down 53 percent since 1990, and a reduction in water consumption, down 39 percent since 2008.

Over the course of the last year, FDF supported several sustainability initiatives, including the UK Plastics Pact, of which the organisation is a founding signatory, along with many of its members. It also contributed to recommendations for reform of the packaging producer responsibility system which helped influence Defra’s recently published Resources and Waste Strategy, as well as supporting the food waste campaigns Your Business is Food and Food Waste Reduction Roadmap.

Helen Munday, Chief Scientific Officer, Food and Drink Federation, said: “This was a year dominated by striking images and compelling evidence of the impact of plastic pollution on our natural environment. The food and drink manufacturing industry has been challenged like never before to account for its output from farm to fork and beyond. Our membership is determined to step up to this challenge, while addressing the other aspects of our Ambition 2025 and maintaining the key aspects of food safety.”

This publication is accompanied by the public launch of FDF’s Natural Capital Awareness document. It is accompanied by case studies from FDF member companies Alara, British Sugar, Coca Cola GB, Lucozade Ribena Suntory, Premier Foods, Princes, Taylors of Harrogate, and PepsiCo.

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