Greenhouse Gas Emissions
FDF's Ambition to Cut CO2 Emissions
FDF members are committed to an industry-wide1 absolute target to reduce CO2
emissions2 by 35% by 2020 against a 1990 baseline3.
Delivering Our Ambition
In 2012 FDF members achieved a reduction in CO2 emissions from their
manufacturing operations of 32% compared to the 1990 baseline. This builds on
year's achievement of a 27% reduction. This latest result keeps us firmly on
track towards meeting our 2020 ambition of a 35% reduction.
Since the 2008 launch of the FDF Five-fold Ambition, absolute emissions have
fallen by 527,000 tonnes of CO2 - equivalent to the emissions arising from
165,000 average homes in the UK.
The main focus of activity in 2012 has been the setting up of the new Climate
Change Agreement (CCA). Participants in the FDF CCA are now working towards a
challenging target of an 18% improvement in energy efficiency by 2020 against a
2008 baseline. If achieved, this improvement in energy efficiency will make a
significant contribution towards the wider Five-fold 2020 CO2 emissions
In March 2013 the Department of Energy and Climate Change published its strategy
on the Future of Heating. As part of this programme, FDF will be working
with DECC on the development of 2050 low carbon roadmap for the UK food and
drink manufacturing sector. FDF very much welcomes this initiative which will
the framework for setting emissions reductions goals beyond our current time
horizon of 2020
Climate change is arguably the biggest single challenge facing mankind and the
planet. Experts advise that the Earth is locked into a pattern of rising
temperature and sea levels that is almost certainly the result of human
main cause is the release of greenhouse gases, such as CO2, into the
The climatic effect is proving extreme and
Tackling climate change requires everyone to play their full part – the
sector, energy suppliers, industry and private individuals alike. The UK
drink manufacturing sector has made a very good start. It has reduced
emissions significantly since 1990. However, given the scale of the
sector can afford to be complacent. We must all do more.
Footnote 1: Proposed in the Food Industry Sustainability Strategy published
Defra in 2006.
Footnote 2: Refers to CO2 arising from the use of energy (from fossil fuels, gas and
food and drink manufacturing installations.
Based upon a combination Dukes data published by DTI and, from
gathered under FDF's Climate Change Agreement.
Footnote 4: Source: UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Last reviewed: 22 May 2014