The FDF members are now focusing on further reducing mixed waste to reach the zero waste to landfill target by the end of this year.
The FDF Five-fold Environmental Ambition progress report published last week (28 January) details major improvements in sustainability performance in food and drink manufacturing operations since 2007.
Members of the Federation also achieved a reduction of 664,000 tonnes of CO2, have reduced water use by 15.6% and delivered an impressive 4.5% reduction in the carbon impact of packaging against the 2015 zero increase target of the WRAP Courtauld Commitment.
Elizabeth Truss, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, said: “This report showcases that economic growth and success need not be at the expense of environmental ambitions.
Elizabeth Truss – “These are real achievements and it’s encouraging to see that FDF remains committed to working with its partners across the supply chain to face the environmental and economic challenges of the future”
“For FDF members, producing more with less isn’t a series of buzz words, it’s an opportunity to increase efficiency and competitiveness. These are real achievements and it’s encouraging to see that FDF remains committed to working with its partners across the supply chain to face the environmental and economic challenges of the future.“
Jim Moseley, interim director general, FDF, said: “Through the FDF Five-fold Environmental Ambition food and drink manufacturers are publically committed to working together to target environmental areas where they can make the biggest difference.
“Our significant achievement of an absolute reduction of 35% in CO2 emissions is a result of continued focus on energy efficiency and low carbon innovation by members and proof that this collective approach is working.
“This focus and drive to raise our collective environmental performance remains at the heart of the Five-fold Environmental Ambition and we will continue working together to improve resource efficiency, including revising our emissions target over the coming months.”
The Food and Drink Federation describes itself as “the voice” of the food and drink manufacturing industry – the UK’s largest manufacturing sector.
FDF’s Five-fold Environmental Ambition was launched in 2007 and sets out how the UK’s largest manufacturing sector can make a positive difference to the environment across five key areas: CO2 reduction, water efficiency, food transport, food waste and packaging.
Its wider aims include:
- to supply consumers with safe, nutritious, appetising and affordable food and to help them make sustainable choices, which will secure these benefits for the future
- to will lead by example, building on the success of FDF’s Five-fold Environmental Ambition to extend our influence across the supply chain as part of a longer-term food strategy
- to work with suppliers, customers, employees, policy makers and other stakeholders to develop the necessary information, skills and business environment to deliver continuous improvement in the use of energy, water and other natural resources to help address the pressing global issues of climate change and loss of biodiversity
- to encourage the development of life-cycle thinking throughout the supply chain and try to remove systemic barriers to improving resource efficiency, from the sourcing of raw materials to the disposal of post-consumer waste
- to promote innovation and technology to reduce waste and extract maximum value from the resources used, and to help consumers get the most from members’ products.