Five-fold Environmental Ambition: Progress Report 2014

The contribution of transport to the environmental impact of food production is frequently overestimated and in most cases accounts for only a small percentage of total product footprint. But it does add directly to costs and gives rise to a range of indirect effects, including traffic congestion. It is therefore a very clear example of where improved efficiency makes good business sense for everyone.


Members have continued to reduce the impact of their transport operations, whether undertaken by third party hauliers or provided by their own fleet by including environmental standards in their food transport practices.

These improvements are based on the FDF 10-point checklist for Greener Food Transport which remains the cornerstone of our transport commitment. Our 'hard' transport target is delivered through members making a contribution to the Freight Transport Association administered Logistics Carbon Reduction Scheme which aims to reduce the carbon intensity of freight operations by 8% by 2015 compared to 2010.

Results for the second year of the scheme showed that it delivered a 4.3% reduction in average kg of CO2 equivalent emissions per vehicle kilometre in 2012 compared to 2010. Projecting this reduction forward suggests that the scheme is on track to meet the target early. Since there is a two-year lag in reporting results from this scheme 2014 results will not become available until 2016.

We are continuing to look for further opportunities to publicise the positive benefits for FDF members involved in the scheme with a view to generating more support from food and drink companies and/or their third party hauliers.

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Last reviewed: 23 Jan 2015