The importance of reducing the environmental impact of transport operation both in terms of carbon intensity and air quality has long been recognised and is a pillar of FDF's Ambition 2025 programme. Food and drink manufacturers are committed to making progress both in their own fleet operations and via third-party hauliers.

Embedding a fewer and friendlier food miles approach within food transport practices is key: the FDF has a '10 Point Checklist' covering a range of environmental standards, including those which contribute to a reduction of nitrogen oxide and particulate emissions. We encourage members to embed this approach within their own and outsourced operations.

The FDF will continue working with wider stakeholders (such as the Institute of Grocery Distribution and Logistics UK) to encourage greater collaboration and sharing of best practice around transport and logistics activities.

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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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