Case Studies - Five-fold Environmental Ambition 2015

FDF member case studies featured in the Five-fold Environmental Ambition Progress summary 2015.

CO2 Emissions

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.

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Sending food and packaging waste to landfill not only wastes the resources used in their production, but also adds to total greenhouse gas emissions through decomposition. Even though most food waste is generated by households rather than manufacturers, FDF members recognise the need to lead by example in their own operations.

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Although on its own packaging contributes relatively little to the total product environmental footprint, the innovations being made to packaging and the information it carries have much potential to further improve efficiency and reduce waste across the whole supply chain including in the home.

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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.

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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.

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Sustainable Sourcing

To address risks in supply chains and meet rising consumer expectations of corporate responsibility food and drink manufacturers are increasingly looking to source their ingredients sustainably.

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Last reviewed: 22 Dec 2015