In 2019, the UK was the first major economy to pass net zero emissions into law. In light of the new targets, in 2020 the FDF will lead on refreshing the sectors roadmap to 2050 as well as strengthening our commitments under Ambition 2025 and as a signatory to Courtauld 2025.

Progress to date has been driven by fuel switching, industry rationalisation, and investment in energy efficient equipment and low carbon technology. However, progress on alternatives to natural gas for heating is limited; further reductions will be more challenging and require greater focus on new technology and zero carbon energy sources.

The FDF will input policy proposals into Government's roadmap for decarbonisation of heat expected in summer 2020, as well as the forthcoming Energy White Paper. A key element will be a successive third phase of the Climate Change Agreement (CCA) scheme to run from April 2023; we are working closely with industry and Government as discussion of a future scheme commence.

In Scotland, the Climate Change Bill commits Scotland to becoming a net-zero society by 2045. The bill includes a target to reduce emissions by 75% by 2030.

Updates & milestones

Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP Low Carbon and Circular Economy Fund

The Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership will be running an in-person event to launch their Low Carbon and Circular Economy Fund.

This new fund is targeted at low carbon and food and drinks manufacturing sector across the West Midlands. The GBSLEP will offer up to £30,000 of revenue funding to exemplary projects, with 30% match funding from the project proposal. A total of £240,000 will be available to support these projects from businesses located in the GBSLEP, Black Country LEP (BCLEP) and Coventry and Warkwickshire LEP (CWLEP) areas.

The networking breakfast event will take place on 21 September, 7:45 – 9:30. During the event, the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP will be running a "speed networking" session where you can pitch your business to other businesses. You can find out more and register here.

FDF / Cambridge University Research – your input sought!

Our Head of Climate Change & Energy Policy, Emma Piercy, is undertaking a PGDip in Sustainable Business at Cambridge – and is now working on an ‘Analysis Paper’ looking at a sustainability challenge in the food and drink sector – specifically looking at the role FDF can play in helping to drive change, and then applying those conclusions to the Net Zero policy area.  This will be followed by a second assignment around creating an action plan on account of recommendations from the analysis paper.

As part of the research she is reaching out to different stakeholder groups – and there is a specific questionnaire for food and drink manufacturers, and it is open to both members and non-members of FDF: there are 9 multiple choice questions with the option to add additional comments – and 3 free text questions.  All information gathered is confidential and non-attributable unless explicit permission is otherwise given.  The final paper will be viewed only by Cambridge University and key FDF staff.

If you would like to participate in this survey – you can do so via this link:

Responses to the survey are requested by Friday 20th August, but will be open a little longer.  Thank you for your support and I look forward to hearing your views!

WRAP launch Courtauld Commitment 2030 with renewed targets

Today WRAP have announced that they have extended their Courtauld commitment to 2030, with renewed targets on food waste, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and water.

  1. On food waste, to deliver against UN SDG 12.3: a 50% per capita reduction in food waste by 2030 vs the UK 2007 baseline (covering manufacture, retail, hospitality and food service, and household)
  2. On GHG emissions, to deliver a 50% absolute reduction in GHG emissions associated with food and drink consumed in the UK by 2030 (against a 2015 baseline)
  3. On water, for businesses to increase water use efficiency in their own operations and contribute to achieving sustainable water management to improve the quality and availability of water at catchment scale with an overall target that by 2030 50% of fresh food is sources from areas with sustainable water management

You can find a summary of progress to date in the Courtauld Commitment Annual Report.

At the same time, and to enable smaller businesses to engage with Courtauld Commitment 2030, WRAP has introduced an Associate Membership model.

Opportunity to contribute to the Goal 13 Impact Platform

The Goal 13 Impact Platform is a not-for-profit initiative led by 6 partner organisations (CBI, A4S, Chapter Zero, the Met Office, Dell Technologies and Deloitte).

The objective of the initiative is to build a free and open repository of corporate climate actions to facilitate learning and collaboration in the run up to COP26.

Information is gathered via structured interviews with organisations who want to tell their climate story; there’s no constraint on size, sector or geography. The interviews explore business commitments and targets, drivers for change and how you organise your climate action, key initiatives and their impact, and barriers experienced, and lessons learned.

As of today, the Platform have reached out to c. 2,900 organisations and carried out c. 300 interviews. By COP26, the Platform hope to have 1,000 businesses interviewed, using the data to deliver in-depth insights into business climate action, informing policy makers and showcasing the private sector as a key component to achieving net zero. A beta version of the site can be found here:

Their initial report provides an overview of the insights to date here Goal 13 Impact Platform: Emerging Findings. They plan to publish an update prior to COP26 to power discussions and inspire more businesses to take action.

Get involved and showcase your climate journey

The Goal 13 Impact Platform would like to offer FDF members an opportunity to participate and help shape the Platform to best contribute to climate action. The only requirement is to make time for a 1 hour interview, or by returning a questionnaire, reviewing the notes captured, and when ready, agreeing for them to be published on the Platform.

Additionally, they're encouraging all contributors to get organisations within their supply/value chain onto the platform, typically as a complement to any ongoing engagement. They would be happy to follow-up with your supply / value chains and encourage them to participate.

Sign up via the platform or email us here:, or

The road to Net Zero for Food and Drink

On 27 April, in a webinar with key note speech from UK Government’s Net Zero Business Champion, Andrew Griffith MP, the FDF announced its ambition on behalf of the sector to reach Net Zero by 2040.

To provide further support to food and drink businesses, the FDF will also produce a Roadmap to Net Zero Project and accompanying ‘handbook for businesses. The Roadmap and Handbook will be launched at COP26 in November.

Throughout the year, the FDF will also deliver a wider programme of events in order to engage with FDF members and the wider sector on the journey to Net Zero.

Watch the full launch webinar



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The FDF Net Zero Roadmap: Handbook for Businesses

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Achieving Net Zero from farm to fork: help for businesses

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FDF Scotland's response to the Scottish Government's programme for Government 2021-22

“We are delighted to see the Scottish Government’s continued commitment to supporting the recovery and growth of Scotland’s vital food and drink industry. "

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Food and Drink Federation launches ambition to reach Net Zero by 2040

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF), the voice of the food and drink industry, has today announced its ambition on behalf of the sector to reach Net Zero by 2040.

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The Food and Drink Federation publishes Ambition 2025 Progress and Mid-Term Review reports

Food and drink companies beat CO2 reduction targets five years early, leading to new sustainability commitments in far reaching report.

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The FDF responds to the Prime Minister's Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution

FDF welcomes the Prime Minister's ambitious plan to take effective action to achieve Net Zero and deliver a green economic recovery.

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Environmental sustainability case studies

Net Zero & Decarbonisation: PepsiCo

PepsiCo’s Walkers brand join forces with British clean-tech firm CCm Technologies to reduce their carbon footprint by turning potato waste into fertiliser.

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Alara - Climate Change

Alara believe that sustainability has four foundations: social sustainability, financial sustainability, sustainable governance and environmental sustainability. They have developed a simple measure for each foundational element, and chose the evaluation of CO2 equivalent (CO2e) as their environmental measure.

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Mars Case Study: Climate Change

Mars partnered with Eneco UK in 2016 to build a new 20 turbine wind farm in Moy in the Scottish Highlands. The Moy Wind Farm enables all 12 Mars UK factories and office sites to produce its much-loved brands using renewable electricity.

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McCain Foods Case Study: Climate Change

An average of 70% of the McCain Whittlesey site’s total electricity is now generated by three wind turbines and an anaerobic lagoon. McCain have also removed a further 360 tonnes of CO2  by transporting products in longer trailers.

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Decarbonisation of heat across the food and drink manufacturing sector

Report: 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. The FDF/SLR 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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