The FDF's 'Ambition 2025 - Shaping Sustainable Value Chains' builds on the success of our Five-Fold Environmental Ambition and is the next step on our journey to help deliver a more sustainable food system.

A competitive and sustainable UK food and drink manufacturing sector has the potential to make a real contribution to future food security and sustainable growth. The proposal is composed of two elements; Resource Efficiency, an evolution of the original Five-Fold Environmental Ambition, and Shaping Future Value Chains, a new pillar of the ambition.

On Resource Efficiency, Ambition 2025 includes a target for reducing CO2 emissions as well as quantitative and qualitative deliverables around water use, reduction of food waste, use of more sustainable packaging and the reduction of emissions from transport. The FDF and its members will also contribute to WRAP's Courtauld 2025 targets.

On Shaping Future Value Chains, Ambition 2025 includes targets on sustainable supply chains and natural capital.

Ambition 2025 progress report case studies

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Ambition 2025: Powerstar

Quorn Foods is benefitting from a reduction in carbon emissions by 365 tonnes, and an annual saving in electricity costs of £71,843.

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Ambition 2025: Suntory Beverage & Food GB&I

Suntory Beverage and Food GB&I (SBF GB&I) is committed to work in harmony with people and nature and, through its sustainability framework, gives urgent focus to reducing waste in a way that protects the environment and benefits society.

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Ambition 2025: Centrica Business Solutions helps Europe’s largest bakery plants

A 1MWe CHP unit from Centrica Business Solutions is helping one of Europe’s largest bakery plants save £400k per year, while also reducing CO2 emissions by 1,000 tonnes.

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Ambition 2025: Flexible Plastic Fund

Five of the UK’s largest branded manufacturers: Mars UK, Mondelēz International, Nestlé, PepsiCo and Unilever, have collaborated to form a £1 million fund to help make flexible plastic recycling economically viable for recyclers and easier for consumers.


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Ambition 2025: Suntory Beverage & Food GB&I

Home to Ribena blackcurrants for more than 80 years, the UK has until now provided the perfect climate for growing the 10,000 tonnes of blackcurrants required to make Ribena annually.

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Ambition 2025: Centrica Business Solutions helps Altex Group cut energy costs

S2G Energy has harnessed Centrica Business Solutions’ energy insights technologies using Panoramic Power™ wireless sensors and PowerRadar™ system to help Altex Group take control of its energy costs.

Updates & milestones

Webinar on 18th July at 12:30 on the Nature Recovery Network

On 18th July at 12:30, there is a webinar to provide an introduction to the Nature Recovery Network (NRN).  Please register here.

The NRN is a major commitment in the UK Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan and enacted by the Environment Act 2021. The NRN aims to expand, improve and connect a national network of wildlife-rich places across England’s towns, cities, countryside and coast. The national network has a range of ambitious objectives around nature recovery, as well as providing a range of economic, social, and health and well-being benefits. 

Partnership working is essential to deliver the objectives of the NRN, working together across a broad range of organisations and sectors to share skills, knowledge and resources. Natural England and the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA) are holding a webinar to introduce the NRN and the key role that business can play in supporting nature’s recovery.

Delegates will leave the webinar with a better understanding of:

  • What the NRN is and what it’s aiming to achieve and deliver
  • Why businesses should invest in and support the NRN
  • NRN business engagement activities and what's coming up next

SEEBEYOND Project: Final Report now available and upcoming webinar

Environmental sustainability

SEEBEYOND was a project led by the Environment Agency in collaboration with the University of Cambridge, BSI and WRAP. It’s aim was to research how environmental metrics could be standardised within the Food and Drink sector enabling a level playing field for benchmarking of performance and creating opportunities for data automation and reducing the data burden on companies and the potential for greenwashing of environmental performance.

The final report is now available: link

The project team are also presenting a webinar with IEMA on 14th June looking at the outputs of the SEEBEYOND project that you can sign up for here

FDF members can find more information in the circular ESC-020-22

Ambition 2025 Progress Report 2021 published, showing that the food and drink sector are delivering on our Net Zero ambition

The FDF’s Ambition 2025 progress report has been published.  Please find the accompanying Press Release on the FDF website here.

The report showcases the progress made by the food and drink industry in all our target areas – from food waste to transport to natural capital – to create a more sustainable food supply chain. The key highlight is that FDF members have lowered CO2 emissions by 58% since 1990. Our members have also cut water consumption by 39.4%, successfully contributing to an industry-wide target to reduce water use by 20%.

In all these areas, food and drink companies continue to deliver progress, working across supply chains through industry initiatives, including Courtauld 2030, UK Food Waste Reduction Roadmap and the UK Plastics Pact.

FDF Conference 2022: Net Zero versus reality?

We are delighted to announce the expert panel of speakers joining us to discuss the topic of "Net Zero versus reality?" at our upcoming Food and Drink Federation Conference taking place at The National Gallery on 22 March 2022.

Climate change is the biggest global threat to our sector but is there a trade-off between achieving the net zero ambition and financial performance? This panel looks at the sector’s challenges and in particular how our diet impacts on that ambition. Can we have a healthy balance AND sustainable diet?

Key speakers:

  • Emma Piercy, FDF Head of Climate Change & Energy Policy Regulation, Science & Sustainability (CHAIR)
  • Patrick Holden, Founder and Chief Executive, Sustainable Food Trust
  • Gerald Mason, Senior Vice President, Tate & Lyle Sugars
  • Lee Sheppard, Director of Corporate Affairs and Policy, apetito
  • Sarah Wynn, Managing Director, Climate & Sustainability, ADAS
  • Clarke Energy

Other topics we will cover include:

  1. Exciting and inspiring UK Food and Drink consumers
  2. UK Food and Drink: The cornerstone of British manufacturing
  3. Maximising your export potential

Find out more and register your place.

WRAP launches Roadmap towards Water Security for the Food & Drink Supply

On 24 November, WRAP, in partnership with WWF, The Rivers Trust and many other supporting organisations, launched the Roadmap towards Water Security for the Food & Drink Supply to protect vital water resources for the benefit of nature, local communities and the food and drink sector.

The Water Roadmap will be delivered by a coalition of water stewardship expert bodies, on-the-ground delivery agencies and UK food and drink organisations. The Water Roadmap builds on the success of the Courtauld Commitment Water Ambition to deliver even more ambitious changes across the food system in support of the new Courtauld Commitment 2030  target and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The new Water Roadmap directly addresses the climate risk and food security issues surrounding water stewardship whilst highlighting the need for urgent adaptation and action.

It includes:

  • The actions organisations need to take individually and collectively, to help deliver this vision - progressing through the five stages of the WWF water stewardship ladder.
  • The milestones that we need UK food and drink businesses to reach along this shared journey
  • The delivery and governance framework - including the steps to develop and deliver water stewardship projects.
  • The reporting framework– ensuring accountability, providing assurance that the right level of progress is being made and that intended outcomes are being achieved.

A total of 65 supporters, including 50 leading food & drink organisations such as Asda, Co-op, Coca Cola GB, M&S, Nestle UK & Ireland, Sainsbury’s and Tesco, are already supporting the Water Roadmap, and WRAP is calling for more to join this growing movement of companies, who are committed to taking action on water.  


Scottish Council Elections 2022 – FDF Scotland’s asks

Ahead of the Scottish Council Elections 2022 – FDF Scotland sets out our asks for Scotland's local authorities.

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Food and drink companies - Get ready for the plastic tax

The Plastic Packaging Tax, came into force on 1 April 2022. It is critical that food and drink businesses understand what they need to do ahead of implementation. FDF Scotland's CEO - David Thomson - sat down with Stuart McCallum, the Head of Food and Drink for RSM UK to find out more.

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Report: Ambition 2025: Progress report 2021

10 March 2022

In 2020, the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and our members achieved the target of reducing CO2 emissions set in the Ambition 2025 commitment – five years earlier than planned. In 2021 we set our sights even higher.

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