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UK food companies deliver reductions in CO2 emissions: Report

FBR Staff Writer Published 08 December 2011

The food and drink industry in the UK has continued to deliver genuine reductions in environmental impacts, while increasing the production, according to a new report published by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) – an organization representing the UK's food and non-alcoholic drinks manufacturing industry.

According to the latest 'Five-fold Environmental Ambition' progress report, FDF members have lowered their CO2 emissions by 25% and are well on their way to meet their goal of 35% by 2020.

The report also notes that the FDF members have helped lower the product and packaging waste in supply chain by 5.3%, saved 163 HGV road miles, and also reduced water use.

FDF director of sustainability and competitiveness Andrew Kuyk said that decoupling environmental impacts from economic growth is key to meeting the sustainability challenges of the future and to our own and global food security.

"We are proud of our progress so far and we look forward to continuing this journey in 2012," Kuyk added.

Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Jim Paice said that food and drink businesses have made great progress in reducing CO2 emissions, cutting down waste, and reducing water use.

"Of course, there's always more to be done, and I'm impressed by the challenging longer term ambitions set by the industry itself," Paice added.

FDF's flagship environmental programme - the Five-fold Environmental Ambition - was launched in 2007, and it outlines how the food and drink sector can make a positive impact on the environment across five key areas: CO2 reduction, water efficiency, transport miles and waste and packaging reduction.

In 2011, the programme also began to evaluate the sector's impact on the environment beyond the factory by conducting study into sustainable supply chains, actively increasing awareness amongst its members of the importance of biodiversity and ecosystems, and developing its guidance on efficient use of water.