Five-fold Environmental Ambition: Progress Report 2013
This report marks the sixth anniversary of FDF's Five-fold Environmental Ambition.
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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
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
Achieve a 35% absolute reduction
in CO2 emissions by 2020 against a
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
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
traditional grocery ingredient, product and packaging waste in the grocery
chain by 3% by 2015, from a 2012 baseline.
As of 2012 FDF members have reduced the amount of food and packaging waste
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
design through the supply chain to maximise recycled content as appropriate,
recyclability and deliver product protection to reduce food waste, while
is no increase in the carbon impact of packaging by 2015, from a 2012 baseline.
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
water supplies and contribute to an industry-wide absolute target to reduce
by 20% by 2020 compared to 2007.
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
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 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
Last reviewed: 16 Dec 2013