Water – our precious resource
Water is arguably the planet's most precious and vital natural resource. The twin pressures of an ever increasing global population and the effects of climate change mean that all of us, whether at home or in the work place, share a responsibility to use it as efficiently as possible and with due regard to the needs of others.
Only through such careful management will we be able to ensure that future
demand is met and that the water environment and ecology it supports is
These issues are particularly important for the long term sustainability of the
food and drink industry because of its reliance on a supply of freshwater for
both its raw material and processing needs.
Water sustainability should be a key consideration in the
decision-making process of all individual food and drink companies both within
operations as well as across their supply chains.
View FDF's policy on water.
Every Last Drop campaign
The Every Last Drop campaign provides guidance on how UK food and drink
businesses can save water.
Find out more about Every Last
Drop campaign - Saving water along the food supply chain
Water case studies
Food and drink companies taking action on water.
Water presentation: Nestle's approach to water resources management: Water: Impacts, Risks and
Opportunities in our Supply Chain.
FDF Fivefold Environmental Ambition - Water
FDF and its members are committed to making a collective contribution to an
industry-wide absolute target to reduce water use, outside of that embedded in
products, by 20% by 2020 against a 2007 baseline.
This collective industry wide target is set out in Defra's Food Industry
Sustainability Strategy (FISS) recommendations.
Until 2014, this ambition was delivered through the Federation House Commitment (FHC) which was launched in 2008 to improve water efficiency in the food and drink
manufacturing sector. From 2008 to 2014 the reporting of progress towards this
target was managed by WRAP.
The FHC ended in 2014. However, FDF will continue to collect and report
collective FDF member progress towards the wider industry target as part of its
Five-fold environmental commitment. Find out more about the Five-fold Environmental Ambition.
Progress to 2014
FDF members submitting data reported that they had reduced their absolute water
consumption in 2014 by 24.2 % compared to the 2007 baseline. Clearly this is an
excellent result demonstrating continued progress and it represents a major
contribution to the wider FISS industry target. In addition, the amount of
consumed per tonne of product had reduced by 26.3% over the same period. View the full progress report.
Last reviewed: 23 Dec 2014