FDF's Environmental Ambition: Progress Report 2018

The food and drink manufacturing industry has an essential interest in protecting and enhancing the natural environment because of its reliance on a continuous, adequate supply of raw materials.

2018 began with the publication of the 25 Year Environment Plan which reinforced the need for action on clean air and water, enriched biodiversity, efficient resource use, and a fundamental change in how we operate. Other key moments were the announcement of the first Environment Bill in 20 years, the launch of consultations on key policy considerations such as the draft Clean Air Strategy and the proposed plastic tax, and the publication of the Resource and Waste Strategy. Also, the unprecedented level of public interest in plastics and packaging could not be ignored, and saw the industry operating in a period of increased scrutiny. As a result, environmental issues have been put at centre stage more than ever.

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) believes the industry plays a positive role in building more resilient and sustainable value chains into the future. Transformational change cannot be driven by any single actor and FDF members' unique position in the supply chain provides an opportunity to tackle these issues in a holistic manner. For example, innovative packaging solutions can keep food fresher for longer, save money and reduce waste, of both packaging and food.

Our members continue to show industry-leading dedication to achieving sustainability goals. FDF members have once again reported reductions in carbon dioxide emissions, down 53% since 1990, and reduced water consumption, down 39% since 2008. FDF has promoted several initiatives, including the food waste campaigns Your Business is Food and the Food Waste Reduction Roadmap, and is a founding signatory of the UK Plastics Pact along with many of our members. We have continued to update members, and others, on sustainability initiatives through the Sustainability Resource Hub and have updated our Natural Capital Awareness document.

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Last reviewed: 24 Jan 2019