In 2019, the UK was the first major economy to pass net zero emissions into law. In light of the new targets, FDF published a decarbonisation of heat report in 2020, strengthened our commitments under Ambition 2025 and as a signatory to Courtauld 2025, announced a Net Zero by 2040 Ambition in April 2021 and in November 2021, published a handbook for Net Zero to the sector.

The launch of our handbook at COP26 in Glasgow marks a key milestone in FDF’s work supporting members in their decarbonisation journey.  Looking ahead, under the Food and Drink Sector Council we have now established a Net Zero Working Group to take forward the council members roadmaps to agree and align on common challenges we face across the supply chain.  This is still at early stages but as we will update this page with plans, progress and next steps in due course.

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Net Zero Handbook Overview

The 8-page summary introduces UK food and drink sector emissions, drivers for change and actions manufacturers can take towards Net Zero


Net Zero Roadmap Handbook

Launched at COP26, this handbook guides manufacturers on actions to reduce the embodied carbon emissions of their products towards Net Zero

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Decarbonisation of heat

Launched in June 2020, this report outlines how carbon emissions from heat generation in food and drink Manufacturing can be reduced to Net Zero.

Updates & milestones

BEIS webinar on hydrogen-ready industrial boiler equipment

BEIS is inviting FDF members to join a webinar on a call for evidence on Enabling or requiring hydrogen-ready industrial boiler equipment. There are two dates for the webinar: 1 Feb, 14:00-14:45  and 3 Feb, 14:00-14:45.  The sessions will set out the purpose of the call for evidence (responses due by 14 March), highlight some of the key themes they are seeking your views on, and there will be an opportunity to ask questions – the content for both sessions will be the same.  If you would like to attend one of these sessions, please email saying which date you choose. You will then receive an outlook invitation from BEIS.

Climate Change Agreements: proposals for a future scheme

The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has issued a consultation on ‘Climate Change Agreements: proposals for a future scheme’ with responses due by 11th March 2022.  This is to inform the future of the scheme post its current extension to March 2025, with significant reforms proposed around scheme length, eligibility, and how to increase the uptake of energy efficiency technologies. A further more detailed scheme design consultation will follow later this year. Emma Piercy is drafting an initial response and will then reach out to members of the Environmental Sustainability Committee to provide input.

FDSC: Net Zero Working Group Update

Under the Food and Drink Sector Council, we have now commenced a Net Zero Discovery Phase project which consultants 3Keel (who did the BRC and FDF roadmaps, and who work closely with WRAP) are leading on.  This will finish in March/April with the essential aim of determining a robust set of TOR for the newly established Net Zero working group of the FDSC.  Given the respective Net Zero roadmaps of the F4, establishing the points of collaboration and challenge across the supply chain, who is leading on key issues and identifying any gaps in what is being covered, will be key – with the overall aim to then look at deliverables for the FDSC Net Zero Working group, which DEFRA would like to see as the body for leading the farm-to-fork transition to Net Zero.

The FDF launches Achieving Net Zero handbook

Following the announcement of our ambition for the food and drink sector to reach Net Zero emissions by 2040, the FDF has today launched its Handbook to help food and drink manufacturers on their journeys to Net Zero.

The achievement of our ambition will require significant changes across the sector; we will need to decarbonise rapidly while continuing to feed the nation an affordable, varied and healthy diet.

The 'Achieving Net Zero' handbook outlines how the FDF and the food and drink sector can address these challenges, and provides guidance for food and drink manufacturers, particularly those at the early stages of developing their climate strategy. 

The core of this Handbook on value chain stages presents practical actions and information for each stage of the chain from farm to fork. Supporting information for each stage provides the context for action, and signposting to useful further resources available online.

The Handbook has been released alongside the Roadmap for Net Zero Overview which summarises the business case for climate action and is aimed at wider stakeholders.


WRAP publishes Food Systems GHG research

On 6th October, WRAP published major new research into the UK food system GHG emissions.  The research shows that the equivalent to 35% of total emissions come from production and consumption of our food & drink. The new report also outlines the actions that policymakers and the food & drink sector must take to deliver the Courtauld 2030 GHG target and the UK’s net zero ambitions.  WRAP notes the key actions for businesses include:

  • De-carbonising business operations
  • Developing a clear understanding of emissions throughout the supply chain
  • Meeting commitments to zero deforestation
  • Reducing food waste
  • Influencing consumer behaviours

The forthcoming FDF Roadmap to Net Zero handbook to be published on 9th November – with a webinar to go through the handbook in detail on 18th November (you can register here) – uses the WRAP research to underpin the assessment of manufacturers carbon footprint.  For each part of the farm to fork value chain the handbook proposes the actions that manufacturers can take to reduce their carbon emissions towards Net Zero.




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The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has today launched its handbook to help food and drink manufacturers on their journeys to Net Zero.

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Environmental sustainability case studies

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Alara - Climate Change

Alara believe that sustainability has four foundations: social sustainability, financial sustainability, sustainable governance and environmental sustainability. They have developed a simple measure for each foundational element, and chose the evaluation of CO2 equivalent (CO2e) as their environmental measure.

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Mars Case Study: Climate Change

Mars partnered with Eneco UK in 2016 to build a new 20 turbine wind farm in Moy in the Scottish Highlands. The Moy Wind Farm enables all 12 Mars UK factories and office sites to produce its much-loved brands using renewable electricity.

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McCain Foods Case Study: Climate Change

An average of 70% of the McCain Whittlesey site’s total electricity is now generated by three wind turbines and an anaerobic lagoon. McCain have also removed a further 360 tonnes of CO2  by transporting products in longer trailers.

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The global food system contributes to over a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions with the impacts of climate change already evident. Discussions at the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 31 October to 12 November 2021 will set the path for a global food system that is sustainable, resilient and fit for the future.