Five-fold Environmental Ambition: Progress Summary 2015

The Food and Drink Federation's Five-fold Environmental Ambition is the roadmap for collective environmental performance through which food and drink manufacturers have been delivering major improvements in resource efficiency.

Our latest progress report shows that our members have reduced the amount of water used in the production of food and drink by 24%, saving over 5 million m3 of water between 2007 and 2014. These impressive savings represent a major contribution towards the industry-wide water reduction target and are a result of industry-leading water saving initiatives. Significant progress has also been made towards supply chain waste targets as part of Courtauld Commitment 3 and members continue to reduce emissions from manufacturing and freight operations.

FDF and its members believe that collaboration across the food and drink supply chain is essential to building resilience and tackling the challenges of world population growth, increased pressures on natural resources and the need to mitigate and adapt to climate change. To support increased collaborative efforts within the sector we are revising our current environmental targets, with the aim of launching a new sustainability ambition and targets in 2016.

Our Core ambitions
  Our Current Targets 2015 Progress Report
CO2 emissions Achieve a 35% absolute reduction in CO2 emissions by 2020 against a 1990 baseline. FDF members have achieved an absolute reduction of 34% in CO2 emissions from their use of energy in manufacturing operations in 2014 compared to the 1990 baseline.
Waste Seek to send zero food and packaging waste to landfill at the latest by 2015 and make a significant contribution to WRAP's Courtauld Commitment 3 target to reduce traditional grocery ingredient, product and packaging waste in the grocery supply chain by 3% by 2015, from a 2012 baseline. FDF members are on track to send zero food and packaging waste to landfill by the end of 2015. Members are also contributing to overall supply chain waste reduction targets as part of Courtauld Commitment 3. The second year results of the Commitment show a 3.2% reduction in operational waste across the grocery sector – a significant reduction against the 2012 baseline.
Packaging Make a significant contribution to WRAP's Courtauld 3 target to improve packaging design through the supply chain to maximise recycled content as appropriate, improve recyclability and deliver product protection to reduce food waste, while ensuring there is no increase in the carbon impact of packaging by 2015, from a 2012 baseline. The second year results of the Courtauld Commitment Phase 3 show that signatories have delivered a 3.9% reduction in the carbon impact of packaging against the 2015 zero increase target.
Water Achieve significant reductions in water use to help reduce stress on the nation's water supplies and contribute to an industry-wide absolute target to reduce water use by 20% by 2020 compared
to 2007.
Between 2007 and 2014 Federation House Commitment signatories collectively made a 15% reduction in water used in processing. FDF members have reduced their water consumption by 24.2% in 2014 compared to the 2007 baseline, representing a major contribution to the wider industry target.
Transport Embed environmental standards in our members' transport practices, including contracts with hauliers as they fall for renewal, to achieve fewer and friendlier food transport miles and to make a contribution to the Freight Transport Association administered Logistics Carbon Reduction Scheme target to reduce the carbon intensity of freight operations by 8% by 2015 against a 2010 baseline. Results for the fifth year of the Logistics Carbon Reduction Scheme showed that it delivered a 4% reduction average kg of CO2 equivalent emissions per vehicle km in 2013 compared to 2010.

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Last reviewed: 22 Dec 2015