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.
In 2012 FDF members achieved a reduction
in CO2 emissions from their manufacturing
operations of 32% compared to the 1990
baseline. This builds on last year's achievement of
a 27% reduction. This latest result keeps us firmly
on track towards meeting our 2020 ambition of a
Since the 2008 launch of the of the FDF Fivefold
Ambition, absolute emissions have fallen
by 527,000 tonnes of CO2 - equivalent to the
emissions arising from around 165,000 average
homes in the UK.
The main focus of activity in 2012 has been the
setting up of the new Climate Change Agreement
(CCA). Participants in the FDF CCA are now
working towards a new challenging target of
an 18% improvement in energy efficiency by
2020 against a 2008 baseline. If achieved, this
improvement in energy efficiency will make a
significant contribution towards the wider Five-fold
2020 CO2 emissions reduction target.
In March 2013 the Department of Energy and
Climate Change published its strategy on the
Future of Heating. As part of this programme,
FDF will be working closely with DECC on the
development of 2050 low carbon roadmap for the
UK food and drink manufacturing sector. FDF very
much welcomes this initiative which will form the
framework for setting emissions reductions goals
beyond our current time horizon of 2020.
*About half of the decline since 2011 is due to changes in how CCA emissions
The 1990 baseline has not been changed.
Case Studies: CO2 emissions
Unilever's ambition is to halve the greenhouse gas impact of its
products across the lifecycle by 2020.
Through a combination of good manufacturing practice and capital
investment, Unilever continues to reduce its carbon emissions.
Unilever is reducing carbon emissions – and water use – through metering,
monitoring and targeting. At Port Sunlight, it has installed meters that track
data to help understand usage. This informs decision-making processes to
implement solutions for more efficient operations. The industry standard for
carbon savings achieved through such meters is 10–20%.
During 2012, Unilever's Burton site reduced greenhouse gases by optimising
biogas production from its anaerobic digester. This biogas is used in boilers
to generate steam for use across the site. In 2012, 12% of all gas used was
biogas produced on-site, an increase from 2% in 2011. This helped to reduce
carbon emissions by over 300 tonnes year on year.
Three of Unilever's UK manufacturing sites
have installed more efficient energy generation
technology, introducing Combined Heat and
Power engines. Furthermore, any additional
electricity purchased is now sourced from
Premier Foods is moving towards a low-carbon and resource-efficient
operation. This includes using water intelligently and looking at ways
to reduce waste and packaging – without compromising product
safety, quality and taste.
Between 2008 and 2012 Premier Foods almost halved its carbon emissions,
achieving a 48% reduction. At its Carlton site, the company has retro-fitted a
Flue-Ace system to its boilers. This captures waste heat from exhaust gases and
uses this to heat other areas of the site.
Last year, its Rank Hovis Mill in Manchester installed a voltage optimisation
system to four of its transformers. This initiative alone has delivered an 8%
reduction in energy consumption. With the site using 24 million kWh of
per annum, this represents a significant reduction in carbon emissions of 1,264
tonnes per annum.
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Last reviewed: 16 Dec 2013