Ambition 2025 - Water in depth

Water is arguably the planet's most precious and vital natural resource. The twin pressures of an ever increasing global population and the effects of climate change mean that all of us, whether at home or in the work place, share a responsibility to use it as efficiently as possible.

Only through such careful management will we be able to ensure that future demand is met. These issues are particularly important for the long term sustainability of the food and drink industry because of its reliance on a supply of freshwater for both its raw material and processing needs.

Ambition 2025: Water

Deliver continuous improvement in the use of water across the whole supply chain and take action to ensure sustainable water management and stewardship.

Contribute to an industry-wide target to reduce water use by 20% by 2020 compared to 2007.

How will we help members achieve this:

  • Initiate discussion on a review of the industry wide target before 2020.
  • Encourage more members to participate in FDF's Food and Drink Manufacturing Water Use Reporting initiative.
  • Discuss with WRAP and other stakeholders how best to track change in water impact both within members' own operations and across supply chains and agree a suitable metric/target to be included in Courtauld 2025.
  • Signpost members to suitable water risk management tools such as the guidance contained in the BiTC Smart Water, a prosperous future for the food and drink supply chain report and WWF's Water Risk Filter and encourage their uptake.
  • Work with Defra and other stakeholders on developing the priority areas within the Government's long term plan for the environment in order to ensure that it reflects the importance of water to the agri-food sector.

Progress to 2016 under Ambition 2025

FDF members submitting data reported that they had reduced their absolute water consumption in 2016 by 35.8% compared to the 2007 baseline. These new figures are an improvement on last year's results, which saw a 30.1% reduction. In addition, figures for water intensity, or the amount of water needed per unit of production, have reduced by 36.6%.

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Last reviewed: 12 Oct 2016