Poor air quality is damaging to human health and to the environment. For the food and drink industry regulatory frameworks are already in place, notably through implementation of the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) and supporting Best Available Techniques (BAT) Conclusions set out in the Food Drink Milk Best Available Techniques Reference Document (FDM BREF).

The FDM BREF was revised recently and new emissions limits and other conditions are being incorporated into industry permits. Additional requirements relevant to the National Emissions Ceiling Directive (NECD) will also be considered during this process.

Legislation to control emissions from medium combustion plants (sub-IED combustion plant threshold) took effect from late 2018 for new plants; existing plants will be subject to these new controls from beginning of 2024.

Future policy ambition is set out in Government's Clean Air Strategy which is linked to the Industrial Strategy, the Clean Growth Strategy and 25 Year Environment Plan.

Updates & milestones

Date for return of the Environment Bill confirmed

It has been confirmed that the Environment Bill will return to Parliament on 26 May to finish Commons Report stages, before proceeding to the Lords.

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Ambition 2025 progress report and mid-term review published

On 24 February, the FDF launched our Ambition 2025 Mid-term Review and Ambition 2025 Progress Report 2020 which was supported by a series of member case studies.

As highlighted in this year’s progress report, there has been exceptional progress in some areas, including:

  • 55% reduction in CO2 emissions, five years before the target was due to be reached.
  • 41.5% reduction in absolute water consumption in 2019 and support for the Courtauld 2025 Water Ambition.
  • Contributed to the Food Waste Reduction Roadmap.
  • Continued to build relationships with key stakeholders and with UK governments including through engagement on various the Plastics tax; undertook advocacy on PRN cost crisis; supported the UK Plastics Pact; and launched new guidelines on using recycled content in plastic packaging applications.
  • Promoted the fewer and friendlier miles agenda through FDF’s 10 Point Checklist.
  • Updated and promoted the Sustainability Resource Hub.
  • Promoted the FDF Natural Capital Awareness Document.

The FDF also published a press release, with supporting quote from Environment Minister, Rebecca Pow MP. The launch has been extensively covered across the trade media.

News

The Food and Drink Federation publishes Ambition 2025 Progress and Mid-Term Review reports

Food and drink companies beat CO2 reduction targets five years early, leading to new sustainability commitments in far reaching report.

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