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.

Updates & milestones

Ambition 2025 progress report and mid-term review published


On 24 February, the FDF launched our Ambition 2025 Mid-term Review and Ambition 2025 Progress Report 2020 which was supported by a series of member case studies.

As highlighted in this year’s progress report, there has been exceptional progress in some areas, including:

  • 55% reduction in CO2 emissions, five years before the target was due to be reached.
  • 41.5% reduction in absolute water consumption in 2019 and support for the Courtauld 2025 Water Ambition.
  • Contributed to the Food Waste Reduction Roadmap.
  • Continued to build relationships with key stakeholders and with UK governments including through engagement on various the Plastics tax; undertook advocacy on PRN cost crisis; supported the UK Plastics Pact; and launched new guidelines on using recycled content in plastic packaging applications.
  • Promoted the fewer and friendlier miles agenda through FDF’s 10 Point Checklist.
  • Updated and promoted the Sustainability Resource Hub.
  • Promoted the FDF Natural Capital Awareness Document.

The FDF also published a press release, with supporting quote from Environment Minister, Rebecca Pow MP. The launch has been extensively covered across the trade media.

BEIS/FDF webinar on 23 March: IETF Funding


BEIS have announced an additional round of funding for phase 1 applications (opening 8th March, closing 14th July) of the Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF). To encourage applications, BEIS and FDF are holding a second joint webinar on 23rd March at 2pm.

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FDF Environmental Leadership Award

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The FDF Environmental Leadership award category is for companies that can meet either of the criteria below:

  • Embedding sustainability throughout a product from development right through to customer use and disposal
  • Ground-breaking initiatives to reduce your company's impact on the planet

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FDF Podcast – Climate & Carbon Net Zero


Catch up on Day One: Session Two of the FDF Convention discussing Sustainable Healthy Diets and the National Food Strategy.

Available for listening on Spotify, Apple, Amazon Music and all other major podcast platforms

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FDF Launch Narrative on Net Zero Project

Climate change & net zero

In June 2019, the UK became the first major economy to pass net zero emissions into law. Covid-19 has brought the concept of a ‘green transition’ to the fore of the debate around economic recovery, and there are a number of key publications in the coming months including:

  • Climate Change Committee 6th Carbon Budget (9th December) to include a roadmap for decarbonisation of the food and drink sector
  • Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy (Spring 2021)
  • HM Treasury report into the costs of meeting Net Zero (Spring 2021)
  • National Food Strategy Part 2 (Spring 2021) to include focus on climate change and the environment

This narrative project will help the FDF understand the wider impact of net zero / the green transition and the relevant risks/opportunities to its members and the wider sector. This will enable positions to be developed based on evidence-based asks, to input into these and other future policy debates and consultations. Structured engagement with the net zero debate, will help the industry benefit from future policy change, establish certainty on the future decarbonisation trajectory and changes required as well as to help inform commercial strategy.


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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Ambition needed from government and industry to achieve net zero in food and drink

The FDF and SLR have today published a report which sets out how the food and drink industry can achieve the ambitious target of a net-zero carbon footprint by 2050 and the support it will require from government.

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Environmental sustainability case studies

Ferrero case study: Sustainable Supply Chains

Ferrero is leading the way to overcome the misconceptions around palm oil and improving the standards across the industry.

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Little Freddie case study: Packaging

Little Freddie has established a simple and convenient pouch recycling return scheme for its consumers.

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Princes Limited case study: Packaging

The primary function of the packaging Princes use is to ensure the safety and quality of their products for consumers; however the environmental impact is equally important.

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