The FDF's 'Ambition 2025 - Shaping Sustainable Value Chains' builds on the success of our Five-Fold Environmental Ambition and is the next step on our journey to help deliver a more sustainable food system.

A competitive and sustainable UK food and drink manufacturing sector has the potential to make a real contribution to future food security and sustainable growth. The proposal is composed of two elements; Resource Efficiency, an evolution of the original Five-Fold Environmental Ambition, and Shaping Future Value Chains, a new pillar of the ambition.

On Resource Efficiency, Ambition 2025 includes a target for reducing CO2 emissions as well as quantitative and qualitative deliverables around water use, reduction of food waste, use of more sustainable packaging and the reduction of emissions from transport. The FDF and its members will also contribute to WRAP's Courtauld 2025 targets.

On Shaping Future Value Chains, Ambition 2025 includes targets on sustainable supply chains and natural capital.

Ambition 2025 progress report case studies

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Ambition 2025: Powerstar

Quorn Foods is benefitting from a reduction in carbon emissions by 365 tonnes, and an annual saving in electricity costs of £71,843.

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Ambition 2025: Suntory Beverage & Food GB&I

Suntory Beverage and Food GB&I (SBF GB&I) is committed to work in harmony with people and nature and, through its sustainability framework, gives urgent focus to reducing waste in a way that protects the environment and benefits society.

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Ambition 2025: Centrica Business Solutions helps Europe’s largest bakery plants

A 1MWe CHP unit from Centrica Business Solutions is helping one of Europe’s largest bakery plants save £400k per year, while also reducing CO2 emissions by 1,000 tonnes.

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Ambition 2025: Flexible Plastic Fund

Five of the UK’s largest branded manufacturers: Mars UK, Mondelēz International, Nestlé, PepsiCo and Unilever, have collaborated to form a £1 million fund to help make flexible plastic recycling economically viable for recyclers and easier for consumers.


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Ambition 2025: Suntory Beverage & Food GB&I

Home to Ribena blackcurrants for more than 80 years, the UK has until now provided the perfect climate for growing the 10,000 tonnes of blackcurrants required to make Ribena annually.

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Ambition 2025: Centrica Business Solutions helps Altex Group cut energy costs

S2G Energy has harnessed Centrica Business Solutions’ energy insights technologies using Panoramic Power™ wireless sensors and PowerRadar™ system to help Altex Group take control of its energy costs.

Updates & milestones

Ambition 2025 Progress Report 2021 published, showing that the food and drink sector are delivering on our Net Zero ambition

The FDF’s Ambition 2025 progress report has been published.  Please find the accompanying Press Release on the FDF website here.

The report showcases the progress made by the food and drink industry in all our target areas – from food waste to transport to natural capital – to create a more sustainable food supply chain. The key highlight is that FDF members have lowered CO2 emissions by 58% since 1990. Our members have also cut water consumption by 39.4%, successfully contributing to an industry-wide target to reduce water use by 20%.

In all these areas, food and drink companies continue to deliver progress, working across supply chains through industry initiatives, including Courtauld 2030, UK Food Waste Reduction Roadmap and the UK Plastics Pact.

FDF Conference 2022: Net Zero versus reality?

We are delighted to announce the expert panel of speakers joining us to discuss the topic of "Net Zero versus reality?" at our upcoming Food and Drink Federation Conference taking place at The National Gallery on 22 March 2022.

Climate change is the biggest global threat to our sector but is there a trade-off between achieving the net zero ambition and financial performance? This panel looks at the sector’s challenges and in particular how our diet impacts on that ambition. Can we have a healthy balance AND sustainable diet?

Key speakers:

  • Emma Piercy, FDF Head of Climate Change & Energy Policy Regulation, Science & Sustainability (CHAIR)
  • Patrick Holden, Founder and Chief Executive, Sustainable Food Trust
  • Gerald Mason, Senior Vice President, Tate & Lyle Sugars
  • Lee Sheppard, Director of Corporate Affairs and Policy, apetito
  • Sarah Wynn, Managing Director, Climate & Sustainability, ADAS
  • Clarke Energy

Other topics we will cover include:

  1. Exciting and inspiring UK Food and Drink consumers
  2. UK Food and Drink: The cornerstone of British manufacturing
  3. Maximising your export potential

Find out more and register your place.

WRAP launches Roadmap towards Water Security for the Food & Drink Supply

On 24 November, WRAP, in partnership with WWF, The Rivers Trust and many other supporting organisations, launched the Roadmap towards Water Security for the Food & Drink Supply to protect vital water resources for the benefit of nature, local communities and the food and drink sector.

The Water Roadmap will be delivered by a coalition of water stewardship expert bodies, on-the-ground delivery agencies and UK food and drink organisations. The Water Roadmap builds on the success of the Courtauld Commitment Water Ambition to deliver even more ambitious changes across the food system in support of the new Courtauld Commitment 2030  target and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The new Water Roadmap directly addresses the climate risk and food security issues surrounding water stewardship whilst highlighting the need for urgent adaptation and action.

It includes:

  • The actions organisations need to take individually and collectively, to help deliver this vision - progressing through the five stages of the WWF water stewardship ladder.
  • The milestones that we need UK food and drink businesses to reach along this shared journey
  • The delivery and governance framework - including the steps to develop and deliver water stewardship projects.
  • The reporting framework– ensuring accountability, providing assurance that the right level of progress is being made and that intended outcomes are being achieved.

A total of 65 supporters, including 50 leading food & drink organisations such as Asda, Co-op, Coca Cola GB, M&S, Nestle UK & Ireland, Sainsbury’s and Tesco, are already supporting the Water Roadmap, and WRAP is calling for more to join this growing movement of companies, who are committed to taking action on water.  

FDF Environmental Leadership Award – Entries are now open!

Does your company have a leading environmental initiative?

The FDF Environmental Leadership awards category is for companies that can meet either of the criteria below:

  • Embedding sustainability throughout a product from development right through to customer use and disposal
  • Ground-breaking initiatives to reduce your company's impact on the planet

Enter before the closing date of 28 February 2022, for your chance to win. It’s completely free to enter!

View the full criteria

Find out more about the FDF Awards

FDF / Cambridge University Research – your input sought!

Our Head of Climate Change & Energy Policy, Emma Piercy, is undertaking a PGDip in Sustainable Business at Cambridge – and is now working on an ‘Analysis Paper’ looking at a sustainability challenge in the food and drink sector – specifically looking at the role FDF can play in helping to drive change, and then applying those conclusions to the Net Zero policy area.  This will be followed by a second assignment around creating an action plan on account of recommendations from the analysis paper.

As part of the research she is reaching out to different stakeholder groups – and there is a specific questionnaire for food and drink manufacturers, and it is open to both members and non-members of FDF: there are 9 multiple choice questions with the option to add additional comments – and 3 free text questions.  All information gathered is confidential and non-attributable unless explicit permission is otherwise given.  The final paper will be viewed only by Cambridge University and key FDF staff.

If you would like to participate in this survey – you can do so via this link:

Responses to the survey are requested by Friday 20th August, but will be open a little longer.  Thank you for your support and I look forward to hearing your views!


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Report: Ambition 2025: Progress report 2021

10 March 2022

In 2020, the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and our members achieved the target of reducing CO2 emissions set in the Ambition 2025 commitment – five years earlier than planned. In 2021 we set our sights even higher.

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