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

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.

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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

Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy published

On March 17 Government published the long-awaited IDS and the FDF was pleased to also see its focus on dispersed manufacturing sites outside the major industrial clusters of the UK. As outlined in both our 2020 Heat Decarbonisation Report and the CCC’s 6th Carbon Budget, the electrification of technologies will enable the bulk of carbon savings to net zero and hydrogen will have a role but largely only for high temperature heat requirements, and where it’s available on the local gas grid. The strategy includes a commitment to examining the barriers and associated policies required to meet targets. At FDF we are also continuing the call for a food and drink sector targeted fund given the need for trials to provide seamless implementation of decarbonisation technologies on the manufacturing process.

Overall, long term policy support is required to aid investment decisions as well as direct funding for demonstration projects. We welcome the commitment to look at a future CCA scheme for post March 2025, which has been a key driver for energy efficiency and carbon reductions in the food and drink sector. Alongside the Strategy, Government has also launched a call for evidence on free allocation in the UK Emissions Trading Scheme (the successor scheme to the EU ETS), which will inform a full review of that aspect of the scheme.

Enter to win the FDF Environmental Leadership Award

Does your company have a leading environmental initiative?

With increased pressure to engage in sustainable manufacturing processes that minimise the impact on our environment, companies are looking to the future and implementing creative and resourceful systems.

Our Environmental Leadership 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

Read the 2020 winner’s case study

Enter the FDF Awards before the closing date of 26 March 2021 to make sure your company and colleagues get the national recognition they deserve! It’s completely free to enter, and you can enter in as many categories as you like and nominate multiple projects / colleagues.

Enter the FDF Awards

Entry deadline is Friday 26th March.

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.


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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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

Princes Fruit creates brand-new range of zero plastic on-the-go fruit pots

Princes Fruit has unveiled its brand-new range of on-the-go Fruit Pots, perfect for a healthier snack, a lunchbox treat or a tasty picnic nibble.

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SBF GB&I invests millions in sustainable packaging changes for its Lucozade brand

In June 2021, SBF GB&I announced that it will be investing £6M in its Lucozade brand to help minimise its impact on the environment.

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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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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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