Five-fold Environmental Ambition: Progress Report 2013

This report marks the sixth anniversary of FDF's Five-fold Environmental Ambition.

Progress highlights

FEA 2013 progress highlights

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Our core ambitions

Tackling direct environmental impacts in our members' own operations remains at the core of FDF's Five-fold Environmental Ambition – continuing to deliver significant financial savings as well as measurable progress against class-leading targets in carbon reduction, water saving, food waste, packaging and transport.

We have also been able to show that this can be achieved while increasing output - decoupling growth from the impacts of production – generating employment and income across the economy, while also adding value as the largest customer of UK agriculture.

CO2 Emissions

Achieve a 35% absolute reduction in CO2 emissions by 2020 against a 1990 baseline.

2013 Progress:
Latest figures show 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 keeps us firmly on track towards meeting our 2020 ambition of a 35% reduction.

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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.

2013 Progress:
As of 2012 FDF members have reduced the amount of food and packaging waste they send to landfill to only 3% according to our latest survey results.

Signatories to Courtauld Commitment 2 delivered a 7.4% absolute reduction in supply chain waste over the three years of the commitment compared to 2009, substantially exceeding the 5% target.

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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.

2013 Progress:
Signatories to Courtauld Commitment 2 also delivered an on-target 10% reduction in the carbon impact of primary and single use transit packaging over the life of the Commitment compared to 2009. This is equivalent to saving some 594,000 tonnes CO2e.

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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.

2013 Progress:
Between 2007 and 2012 Federation House Commitment signatories collectively made a 16.1% reduction in their water use (excluding that in product). This reduction is equivalent to 7.4 million m3 water or 2,965 Olympic-size swimming pools.

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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.

2013 Progress:
Results for the first year of the Logistics Carbon Reduction Scheme showed that it delivered a 2.8% reduction in overall CO2e emissions in 2011 compared to 2010.

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The food and drink industry is the UK's largest manufacturing sector and plays an essential role in supplying consumers with safe, nutritious, appetising and affordable food.

Through FDF's Five-fold Environmental Ambition, we have successfully delivered major improvements in resource efficiency as well as absolute reductions in carbon, food and packaging waste, water and transport in our processing operations. And we have achieved all of this while still increasing output to meet growing demand, both here and in export markets – the key to true sustainability.

Most of the major impacts associated with food production, however, take place in our supply chains and in the way consumers use and dispose of what they buy, rather than on or in our manufacturing sites.

With global pressures on food systems continuing to increase, we are committed to helping member companies adopt a whole chain approach to sustainable production and consumption – from sourcing policies and supply chain risk management, right through to consumer choice and expectations.

We need to produce more from less, and with less impact, using all the enterprise, innovation and leadership our industry has consistently shown. We also need to work with suppliers, customers, policy makers and others to deliver sustainable growth, which will provide a safe, healthy and secure food future for all.


Our wider aims

To address impacts in our supply chains and help consumers make more sustainable choices, we also aim to:

  • Supply consumers with safe, nutritious, appetising and affordable food and to help them make sustainable choices which will secure these benefits for the future
  • Lead by example, building on the success of FDF's Five-fold Environmental Ambition to extend our influence across the supply chain as part of a longer term food strategy
  • Work with our suppliers, customers, employees, policy makers and other stakeholders to develop the necessary information, skills and business environment to deliver continuous improvement in the use of energy, water and other natural resources to help address the pressing global issues of climate change and loss of biodiversity
  • Encourage the development of life-cycle thinking throughout the supply chain and try to remove systemic barriers to improving resource efficiency, from the sourcing of raw materials to the disposal of post-consumer waste
  • Promote innovation and technology to reduce waste and extract maximum value from the resources we use and to help consumers get the most from our products


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Last reviewed: 16 Dec 2013