FDF Ambition 2025 Progress Report Reveals Strong Inroads For Water
The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has published its Ambition 2025 Progress Report, revealing what sustainable inroads have been made with regards to targets set in 2016.
Where water is concerned, it was found that between 2007 and 2019, FDF members succeeded in reducing absolute water consumption by 41.5 per cent, while the amount of water consumed per tonne of product was reduced by 44.5 per cent.
The Ambition 2025 project was first launched in 2016, aiming to set achievable but hard-hitting targets for food and drink firms to reach to ensure that the sector is both thriving and sustainable.
Other progress that has been made includes a 55 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions by food and drink companies already, five years ahead of time. FDF members have also been making strides in the reduction of food waste and there has also been substantial engagement with governments on packaging policy reforms.
Helen Mundy, chief scientific officer with the FDF, said: “I am delighted to share these two reports more widely and highlight the excellent progress FDF members have already against the targets set. It’s incredible that we are halfway to reaching the end of this project in 2025 and we are seeing our members fully achieve some of the targets we set out in 2016.
“Despite the difficult year the industry has faced, sustainability and environmental initiatives have remained at the forefront of our agenda and this is clearly seen in the progress being made.”
Environment minister Rebecca Pow made further comments, saying that the organisation’s support for both the UK Plastics Pact and the Courtauld 2025 targets could potentially make “a real difference” to how the UK minimises waste and uses resources more sustainably.
The Courtauld Commitment 2025 is an ambitious voluntary agreement that brings together food organisations to make production and consumption more sustainable.
It is a ten-year programme to identify priorities, come up with solutions and bring in changes to cut the carbon and waste associated with the sector by at least a fifth in ten years, as well as reducing water stress.
And the UK Plastics Pact brings companies from across the plastics value chain together with government and non-government organisations to tackle the problem of plastic waste head on, with the idea being to create a circular economy for plastics, retaining their value by ensuring they stay in use and out of the natural environment.
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