Five-fold Environmental Ambition: Progress Report 2014
This report marks the seventh anniversary of FDF's Five-fold Environmental Ambition.
Melanie Leech - Director General, FDF (2005 - 2014)
The food and drink industry is acutely conscious of the
responsibilities that come with our scale and reach
as the UK's largest manufacturing sector. As part of a
global food production system we face the fundamental
challenges of world population growth, increased
pressure on natural resources and the need to mitigate
and adapt to climate change.
To meet these challenges our sector has set
itself the aspiration to grow sustainably by 20%
by 2020. Through our Five-fold Environmental
Ambition, we have been successfully
delivering major improvements in resource
efficiency since 2007. Our member companies
are making improvements at all stages of
production and introducing new technologies
and solutions as well as products. This
innovation is helping us towards our goal of
producing more from less and with less impact
on the planet, and we know that science and
technology will be fundamental to driving
further improvements in sustainable production.
Our members' commitment is clear, and I am
delighted to report in 2014 that we achieved
our ambition to reduce our carbon dioxide
emissions way ahead of the original target
of 2020. Our members have delivered an
absolute reduction of 35% in their emissions
measured against a 1990 baseline. This is a
fantastic achievement – it means that since
the launch of the Five-fold Ambition, absolute
emissions have fallen by 664,000 tonnes
of CO2 - equivalent to the annual emissions
in the UK. Of
the question of
'what next' and the FDF will be considering
this over the next few months – but the drive
to reduce emissions whilst increasing our
activities and outputs remains undiminished.
FDF's Five-fold Environmental Ambition is
the roadmap for collective environmental
performance and the FDF is committed to
helping member companies adopt life-cycle
thinking to help achieve more sustainable
production and consumption, as well as
promoting innovation and technology to help us
meet the environmental, social and economic
challenges we face.
Our wider aims
- Our role as food and drink manufacturers is 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.
- We will 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.
- We will 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.
- We will 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.
- We will 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.
Next page: Foreword: Elizabeth Truss, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural
Last reviewed: 27 Jan 2015