UK food sector disappointed with Copenhagen outcome

Posted by Isobel Drake on 23rd December 2009

The leading representative of food and beverage manufacturers in the UK has expressed disappointment with the outcome of the UN’s conference on climate change summit due to the lack of certainty for the future.

“In common with many other sectors, UK food and drink manufacturers were looking to Copenhagen to set a clear and legally binding framework for concerted and equitable international action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and encourage the development of new low carbon technologies to help address the challenges of climate change while continuing to ensure food security,” Andrew Kuyk, the Food and Drink Federation’s Director of Sustainability, said.

“It seems clear that the outcome has fallen significantly short of these expectations and left many questions unanswered. This will inevitably add to the uncertainties for all businesses in what are still very difficult economic and competitive circumstances.”

Last month, the FDF announced that food and beverage manufacturers in the UK had cut carbon emissions by 19% from 1990 and they will continue to push toward their target of a 30% reduction by 2020.