Ambition 2025 – Climate change

Our Ambition: Achieve a 55% absolute reduction in CO2 Emissions by 2025 against the 1990 baseline

FDF's commitment to deliver absolute reductions in CO2 emissions from energy use in our UK manufacturing operations has been a key cornerstone of our Five-Fold Environmental Ambition which has delivered an impressive 44% reduction by 2014 from the 1990 baseline.

We are now setting a new ambition of achieving a 55% reduction by 2025. We have set this target to be fully in-line with, and indeed ahead of, UK carbon budgets which are set to deliver an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, commensurate with limiting global temperature rise to below 2°C.

To reinforce our new 2025 target we have also set a longer term ambition to achieve an 80% reduction by 2050.

We will assess and report progress towards the new 2025 target and longer term ambition on an annual basis. We will review our target by 2020 at the latest or earlier in light of our progress, or if economic circumstances suggest a review is needed. We will also review our longer term ambition to reflect how the outcomes of the 2015 Paris Climate Change Conference (COP21) are translated into any revised UK 2050 target.

Progress to date has been driven by a number of factors such as fuel switching, industry rationalisation and investment in new energy efficient equipment and low carbon technology. Delivering further reductions will become more challenging and will require greater focus on new technology, process design and low carbon energy sources – particularly for heat production. Central to this will be the need to work with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) during 2016 on the development and delivery of actions to take forward the Food and Drink Industrial Decarbonisation & Energy Efficiency Roadmap to 2050.

Looking outside of our own operations we recognise the UK food supply chain - from production to consumption – accounts for about 20% of UK greenhouse gas emissions. To target these wider food chain emissions, as a signatory to WRAP's Courtauld 2025 initiative, we fully support and will contribute to the commitment's target of achieving a 20% per person reduction in the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the production and consumption of food and drink in the UK.

McCain Case study

Good business practice and operational efficiency go hand-in-hand with sustainability. McCain is committed to acting sustainably from farm to fork, benefiting its whole supply chain and enabling the company to operate more efficiently.

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.

"At McCain, our 'It's all good' philosophy is key to the way we do business – a good company making good food to make people feel good.

"FDF's Ambition 2025 embodies our commitment to being responsible custodians of the environment in which we operate. For McCain, working across our supply chain and in our own operations is key to achieving the sustainable and long-term development of our business."

Nick Vermont
Regional CEO McCain Foods & Chair of the FDF Sustainability Steering Group

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Last reviewed: 12 Oct 2016