Major Food & Drink Companies Making Significant Carbon Reductions

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Major food and drink companies have been making strong steps toward reducing their CO2 emissions according to a new report from the Food and Drink Federation, which showed that CO2 emissions from manufacturing was down 51% in 2016 compared to a 1990 baseline.

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF), the UK’s food and drink industry group, published its annual sustainability progress report on Monday, detailing progress made by its members towards achieving the Federation’s Ambition 2025 environmental goals. Specifically, the FDF’s Ambition 2025 enshrines the expansion of previous FDF targets and the Federation members’ desire to “go even further and take strides towards shaping future value chains and increasing awareness of natural capital.” Members of the FDF include big names like Cadbury, Coca-Cola, Haribo, Mars, PepsiCo, and Unilever. The Ambition 2025 goals focus on seven categories: CO2 emissions, food waste, packaging, water, transport, sustainable supply chains, and natural capital.

“The food and drink manufacturing industry continues to deliver progress against our environmental ambitions,” explained Helen Munday, Chief Scientific Officer, Food and Drink Federation.

“The Sustainability Resource Hub is the next step on our journey to support a shift towards integrating sustainable sourcing into decision making at all levels throughout the supply chain and achieving our Ambition 2025. We hope this tool will provide companies, particularly small- to-medium sized ones, with practical guidance to contribute to their sustainability goals.

“Following the publication of the 25-year Environment Plan, we look forward to working closely with Government and other key stakeholders on evidence-based approaches to sustainability, including dealing with plastic waste and protecting and enhancing Britain’s natural capital.”

Progress reported in 2017 was highlighted by news that FDF members had reduced their carbon dioxide emissions by 51% by 2016 on a 1990 baseline. FDF members also met their target of reducing food and packaging waste sent to landfill to effectively zero (<0.1%) in 2015. FDF members between 2007 and 2016 reduced their absolute water consumption by 35.8%, and members contributed to a 7% reduction in average kilogram CO2 equivalent emissions per vehicle kilometer in 2015 compared to a 2010 baseline.

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