The food and drink industry aims to achieve a 55% absolute reduction in CO2 emissions from energy use by 2025, against a 1990 baseline.
This ambition, announced by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) last month, covers UK manufacturing operations and is not a requirement for Climate Change Agreements in the sector.
The FDF sets out the target as part of their Ambition 2025: Shaping Sustainable Value Chains document, in order to be “fully in line with – and indeed ahead of – UK carbon budgets”.
A longer term ambition to achieve an 80% reduction in emissions by 2050 has been set alongside, while the federation has also pledged to reach waste and water use targets. This includes a 20% reduction in water use across the industry by 2020, compared to 2007.
Progress towards targets will be tracked on an annual basis.
The FDF reports that a 44% reduction in emissions had already been achieved as of 2014. Helen Munday, Director of Food Safety, Science and Sustainability & Chief Scientific Officer FDF said: “Having made great progress across a range of areas, including massive CO2 emission and water use reductions, we’ve looked again at what more we can deliver, engaging with more companies within our sector and beyond”.
To date, progress has been associated with factors such as fuel switching and investment in energy efficiency and low carbon technologies.
Further reductions in emissions is believed to require greater focus on new technology, process design and low carbon energy sources – particularly for heat production.
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