Five-fold Environmental Ambition: Progress Report 2014

Reducing CO2 emissions remains the cornerstone of our industry's efforts to increase the sustainability of food and drink manufacturing and contribute to the growth of a greener economy in the UK

CO2 emissions

In 2013 FDF members achieved an absolute reduction of 35% in CO2 emissions from their use of energy in manufacturing operations measured against a 1990 baseline. This is an excellent result meaning FDF members have now met the ambition set for 2020. We believe that this is as a result of continued focus on energy efficiency and low carbon innovation by FDF members set against a background of rising output and a difficult economic climate in the UK in recent years.

Of course this raises the question what next? In 2015 FDF will be analysing how our success was achieved to better understand the reasons for progress to date and to look at possible options to revise the ambition. This will focus on the level of the target, the timescale over which the target is set and how FDF can continue to promote best practice.

In 2014 FDF has been working with DECC and BIS on the Food and Drink 'Industrial Roadmap for Carbon Reduction and Energy Efficiency to 2050'. The objective of this project is to identify those opportunities and technologies that could help further deliver a low carbon food and drink manufacturing sector beyond FDF's current Five-fold Environmental Ambition time horizon of 2020. This project reports in early 2015. Also next year FDF will be working with DECC on the review of the FDF 2020 Climate Change Agreement target. Both of these activities will inform FDF's review of the future ambition on CO2 .

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Last reviewed: 23 Jan 2015