Five-fold Environmental Ambition: Progress Report 2014
The water used in the manufacturing process is a relatively small part of total water use in the food chain. But increasing concern over the future balance of supply and demand here in the UK means that all our water resources need to be used as efficiently and sustainably as possible.
FDF and our members are committed
to making a collective contribution to an
industry-wide absolute target to reduce
water use, outside of that embedded
in products, by 20% by 2020 against a
This ambition is being delivered through
the Federation House Commitment
(FHC) launched in 2008 to improve
water efficiency in the food and drink
In partnership with WRAP we have
tracked progress on water use reduction
for over 50 signatories.
The latest annual FHC progress report
highlights that between 2007 and
2013, signatories collectively made
a 15.6% reduction in their water
use (excluding that in product). This
reduction is equivalent to 6.1 million m3
water or 2,430 Olympic-size swimming
pools. Between 2012 and 2013 alone,
signatories reported a 1.35 million m3
reduction in annual water use.
Since 2007 water intensity has been
reduced by 22%. This equates to a water
reduction of 0.49 m3/tonne of product
and is a notable achievement given that
production for these sites increased by
8.2% over the same reporting period.
As part of our wider Five-fold
Environmental Ambition aims we
continue to promote our Every Last
Drop campaign to improve water use
and management throughout the supply
chain. The next stage is to develop new
resources to assist companies with
employee engagement on water.
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Last reviewed: 23 Jan 2015