Climate change: food companies are making a difference –

Climate change: food companies are making a difference Published:  01 December, 2008

Responding to the first report published by the Committee on Climate Change (1), the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) is today highlighting the leadership shown by its members in tackling climate change.

Callton Young, FDF’s Director of Sustainability & Competitiveness said: “We have set our members collective and stretching targets against which they have already delivered savings averaging 58,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year, the equivalent of taking 22,000 cars off UK roads each year. Our members’ work to cut CO2 emissions in their factories through efficiency measures, greater productivity and, increasingly, investment in renewable sources of energy is starting to make a real difference to the environment.

“The latest figures available under our voluntary Climate Change Agreement with Government show that our members reduced their CO2 emissions by 17% in 2006, compared with 1990. FDF’s target is for our members to reduce CO2 emissions by 20% by 2010 and by 30% by 2020 compared with 1990 – and our work will ensure that the food and drink sector is on the front foot as the drive towards a low carbon economy gathers pace under the auspices of the Climate Change Act. The reduction in CO2 emissions is an incredible achievement and sets us well on the way to reaching our 2010 target.”

The CO2 targets are contained in FDF’s Five-fold Environmental Ambition (2). This bold plan was launched last year and sets out how our members – as part of the UK’s biggest manufacturing sector – have committed to reduce their environmental impact by focusing on five key areas where they feel they can make the biggest collective difference.

Most of our commitments will help member companies reduce their emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases. In fact, under the auspices of the Five-fold Environmental Ambition, FDF members have:

* prevented more than half a million tonnes of food waste being created

* recycled or recovered more than 82% of the food and packaging waste created in factories

* doubled their participation in the Courtauld Commitment on packaging

* launched the Federation House Commitment under which 237 food and drink manufacturing sites across the UK are now working to improve their water efficiency

* launched the Checklist and Clause for Greener Food Transport which is being used by 47 member companies with combined turnover of £17bn to achieve fewer and friendlier food miles. is published by Special Publications. Special Publications also publish Fish Farmer, the Fish Industry Yearbook, the Scottish Seafood Processors Federation Diary, the Fish Farmer Handbook and a range of wallplanners.