Decarbonisation of heat across the food and drink manufacturing sector

10 June 2020

In June 2019, the Government legislated for a net zero target of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. This report sets out how the food and drink sector can achieve this, outlining that without further interventions, the sector can only reduce emissions from heat by 64% by 2050 when compared to 2012. The report looks at what the sector, its partners and government, can do to overcome the barriers and reach carbon neutrality by 2050.


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Objectives of this report

This report has been produced as a collaboration between the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and SLR Consulting. The objectives of this paper are to:

  • Understand how the food and drink manufacturing sector can decarbonise its heat generation towards net zero, and
  • Identify what actions are needed by all stakeholders to enable to transition.

Changes to heat demand across the sector (i.e. due to energy efficiency, heat recovery, or decreased heat use) have not been evaluated in this paper as our focus has been on where significant step changes and hence investment are needed.

Business as usual

A business as usual emissions trajectory to 2050 has been established to understand what the emissions from heat are likely to be under normal circumstances.

We have focussed on the emissions from FDF members in EU ETS and all the emissions in the FDF’s food and drink manufacturing Climate Change Agreement.