Ambition 2025 – Water

FDF and our members are committed to making a collective contribution to an industry-wide absolute target to reduce water use, outside of that embedded in products, by 20% by 2020 against a 2007 baseline. This collective industry wide target is set out in Defra's Food Industry Sustainability Strategy (FISS) recommendations and previously delivered through the Federation House Commitment (FHC).

FDF continues to collect and report collective FDF member progress towards the wider industry target as part of its Ambition 2025.

Progress to 2016

FDF members submitting data reported that they had reduced their absolute water consumption in 2016 by 35.8% compared to the 2007 baseline.

This result demonstrates continued progress and it represents a major contribution to the wider FISS industry target.

In addition, the amount of water consumed per tonne of product has been reduced by 36.6% over the same period.

Detail:

Number of reporting members 23

Number of reporting sites 93

Annual water use compared to baseline year

 

Water use (million m3)

Production

Year

Water use (excluding that in product)

Total water use

Finished Product (million tonnes)

2007

20.0

24.0

8.2

2014

14.3

18.4

8.4

2015

14.0

18.2

8.6

2016

12.8

17.0

8.2

Water use (excluding that in product) % reduction relative to baseline

Year

FDF

2007

-

2014

28.7%

2015

30.1%

2016

35.8

Water intensity trend (excluding that in product)

Year

m3 per tonne of product

% reduction relative to baseline

2007

2.44

 

2014

1.70

30.6%

2015

1.62

33.7%

2016

1.55

36.6

Notes

It is important to recognise that a direct comparison between this report and data in previous reports (including earlier Federation House Commitment reports) cannot be made. This is because FDF is now only reporting FDF member data and not for the previous wider scheme. In addition, changes to the population of reporting companies, the addition of new sites and the removal of closed or non reporting sites also precluded comparison with previous years on a like for like basis.

The previous FHC reported data for signatories who accounted for approximately 20% of the water use within UK food and drink manufacturing sites.

The 23 FDF member companies that reported data (93 sites) account for about half the old FHC coverage so now account for approximately 10% of water use within UK food and drink manufacturing sector.

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Last reviewed: 30 May 2017