UK food and beverage manufacturers cut carbon footprint

Posted by James Ferre on 11th December 2009

UK food and drink manufacturers have reduced their carbon emissions by 19% since 1990 – the equivalent of one million tonnes of CO2 – according to a new report published by the Food and Drink Federation.

FDF members have committed to reducing their CO2 emissions by 20% by 2010 against a 1990 baseline. The new figures – the latest available under the Climate Change Agreement with Government – show they are well on track to achieving that goal. The data also suggests that FDF members are on target to meet the longer-term aspiration of a 30% reduction by 2020.

Carbon reduction is one of the key pillars of FDF’s Federation’s Five-fold Environmental Ambition, which was launched in 2007 to help define how the UK’s largest manufacturing sector could make a real difference to the environment.

In addition to a significant reduction in CO2 emissions, FDF has also announced that:

* The first 36 signatories to the Federation House Commitment on water efficiency have reported savings of more than 500,000 cubic metres in the first year of operation of this voluntary initiative
* As part of the commitment to send zero food and packaging waste to landfill, FDF has conducted 13 detailed waste prevention reviews in conjunction with WRAP to promote best practice across the sector
* 23 FDF members have signed the Courtauld Agreement to reduce packaging while 15 members have joined a labelling scheme to provide consumers with standardised on-pack information about recyclability

“FDF’s Five-fold Environmental Ambition demonstrates the leadership our industry will show in shaping the future of sustainable food production. We’ll continue to work with our members to build on the successes of the last two years, continually building on the Ambition to deliver even greater measureable achievements,” FDF President Ross Warburton said.