Environment publications

When the Food and Drink Federation launched its Five-fold Environmental Ambition in October 2007 we are committed, on behalf of our members, to make a significant contribution to improving the environment by targeting those areas where we felt we could make the biggest difference.

FDF has produced several publications reporting of the progress made by our members


Five-fold Environmental Ambition: Progress Report 2014

Published January 2015

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

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Sustainable palm oil - Five steps to ensure responsible sourcing

Published December 2014

This simple guide sets out a step-by-step process to help food and drink manufacturers of all sizes get started on the journey of sourcing sustainable palm oil.

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Five-fold Environmental Ambition: Progress Report 2013

Published: December 2013

FDF's Five-fold Environmental Ambition sets a range of targets for cutting CO2 emissions, promoting more efficient use of water, reducing packaging and transport and eliminating food waste to landfill. This report marks the sixth anniversary of FDF's Five-fold Environmental Ambition.

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Delivering Sustainable Growth Through Innovation

Published December 2013

In this report FDF sets out its vision for an innovative, resilient, resource-efficient and safe food and drink manufacturing supply chain that delivers affordable, nutritious and safe food for 21st century populations. The vision includes ten long term priority areas for innovation

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Federation House Commitment: Progress Report 2013

Published July 2013

The Federation House Commitment (FHC) is a voluntary agreement which aims to help manufacturers in the food and drink industry to improve their water efficiency.

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Five-fold Environmental Ambition: Progress Report 2012

Published: December 2012

Five-fold Environmental Ambition 2012 Progress reportFDF's Five-fold Environmental Ambition sets a range of targets for cutting CO2 emissions, promoting more efficient use of water, reducing packaging and transport and eliminating food waste to landfill. This report marks the fifth anniversary of FDF's Five-fold Environmental Ambition.

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Sustainable Sourcing: Five Steps Towards Managing Supply Chain Risk

Published: December 2012

Sustainable sourcingThe Sustainable Sourcing Guide sets out a step-by-step process to help food and drink manufacturing businesses of all sizes to help identify, prioritise and manage upstream supply chain risks as part of a more strategic approach towards supply chain sustainability.

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Federation House Commitment: Progress Report 2012

Published July 2012

The Federation House Commitment (FHC) is a voluntary agreement which aims to help manufacturers in the food and drink industry to improve their water efficiency.

The amount of water saved between 2007 and 2011 by FHC signatories could fill nearly 2,400 Olympic-size swimming pools..

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FDF Five-fold Environmental Ambition: Progress Report 2011

Five-fold coverPublished December 2011

The FDF Five-fold Environmental Ambition was launched in 2007 and this is the latest annual progress report which is evidence of the commitment of our members.

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Every Last Drop - Saving water along the food supply chainFive-fold cover

Published December 2011

Every Last Drop aims to raise awareness amongst food and drink companies of the issue of water stress, and to provide practical easily-accessible guidance on how businesses can be more water efficient across four key areas: the supply chain, operations, the boardroom and the individual at home.

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Federation House Commitment (FHC) - Progress report 2011

Published September 2011

FHC 2011 cover The FHC is a voluntary agreement, managed by WRAP and the FDF. It aims to help manufacturing companies in the food and drink sector to reduce water usage within their company, and by doing so, contribute towards an overall sector-wide water reduction target of 20% by the year 2020 against a 2007 baseline.

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Five-fold Environmental Ambition: Progress Report 2010Five-fold ambition

Published December 2010

The latest progress report marks a key developmental stage in the life of FDF's Five-fold Environmental Ambition.

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Federation House Commitment (FHC) - Progress report 2010

Published September 2010

FHC 2010 coverFHC is an initiative jointly developed by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and Envirowise, providing companies with a systematic approach for improving water efficiency.

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Our Five-fold Ambition - Progress report 2009

Published December 2009

Environmental Progess report cover

The Food and Drink Federation's Five-fold Environmental Ambition has now been running for two years, turning the commitments we made on behalf of our members in October 2007 into real environmental improvements across all the areas where we felt we could make the biggest difference. This is the second progress report.

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Federation House Commitment - Progress Report: 2009

Published July 2009

FHC progress report cover

Our changing climate and the growing global population mean that we are going to have to change the way we think about water.

This is the first annual report of the Federation House Commitment (FHC), explaining the Commitment's aims and sharing the progress made in the first year. It introduces member companies and features some of the measures individual companies have taken to reduce their water use.

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Delivering for the environment: Our Ambition

Published: February 2009

Delivering for the environmentOur achievements up to November 2008 are impressive and provide a strong foundation on which we will build in the years ahead as we look to meet the ambitions we set ourselves in 2007. As with other sectors we are currently experiencing challenging economic times. However, our members remain determined to meet the commitments contained in FDF's Five-fold Environmental Ambition.

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Our Five-fold Environmental Ambition: Progress Report

Published: November 2008

Progress reportThe launch of FDF's Five-fold Environmental Ambition last October, and the progress set out in this report, is an impressive example of what businesses can do to improve the environmental performance of a sector.

Particularly impressive is the progress FDF members have made reducing CO2 emissions and by their promising start on other aspects of their environmental commitments. The extent to which the adoption of best practice can yield improvements that benefit both economic performance and the environment is shown by the many case studies in this report.

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Carbon Management Best Practice in Food and Drink Manufacturing

Published: October 2008

This short guide is designed to help food and drink manufacturers understand the importance of Carbon Management and to provide practical advice on ways of reducing CO2 emissions. From our sector's perspective, these primarily arise from the burning of fossil fuels, upon which we depend for generating energy and raising steam.

The guide has been commissioned by the Food and Drink Federation in the context of our Five-fold Environmental Ambition launched in October 2007 to make a real difference to the environment.

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Transport Efficiency: Making a Real Difference

Published: July 2008

Transporting food and drink, like all other goods, has environmental and social impacts.

Research on the UK food chain shows these overwhelmingly as the impacts of road congestion, damage to infrastructure, and road accidents. There are also impacts on air and noise pollution and CO2 emissions, though to a much lesser extent.

Last October, as part of our Five-fold Environmental Ambition FDF promised to develop an environmental checklist to encourage our members to achieve fewer and friendlier food miles. We also promised to develop an environmental clause, for use by our members in contracts as they fall for renewal.

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Water Efficiency: Making a Real Difference

Published: January 2008

The food and drink industry is a significant water user. As such, FDF and Envirowise are extremely pleased to be working together to promote water efficiency best practice across the sector as a whole.

Importantly, this partnership has led to the successful development of the 'Federation House Commitment', a strategically significant framework for encouraging progress.

It will help FDF members to achieve their collective goal of making significant reductions in water use by 2020. This aim was announced as part of FDF's Five-fold Environmental Ambition in October 2007.

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The Environment: Making a Real Difference

Published: October 2007

FDF members want to make a real difference by improving their carbon footprint; waste to landfill; levels of packaging reaching consumers; use of water resources; and the impact of food transportation

Our five-fold ambition goes right to the heart of the way the food and drink manufacturing sector does business and will make a real difference to the environment.

Our ambitious environmental goals are only part of the story. They build upon the improvements in environmental, social and economic performance which FDF's members have long been making in their drive towards sustainability.

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