Food and beverage giants such as Coca Cola, PepsiCo and Lucozade Ribena Suntory made great strides in slashing their carbon and water impacts in 2017, according to the industry trade body.
Food and Drink Federation (FDF) members have collectively reduced their emissions by 53% since 1990, inching closer to a 2025 target of 55%. This was the main highlight of FDF’s latest annual sustainability report, which praised the results despite “increased throughput” in 2017.
The report also claims that between 2007 and 2017, FDF members slashed their absolute water consumption by 39%.
On packaging, it is noted that FDF and its members contributed to recommendations for reform of the packaging producer responsibility system, which helped influence Defra’s recent Resources & Waste Strategy.
FDF’s chief scientific officer Helen Munday said: “This was a year dominated by striking images and compelling evidence of the impact of plastic pollution on our natural environment.
“The food and drink manufacturing industry has been challenged like never before to account for its output from farm to fork and beyond. Our membership is determined to step up to this challenge, while addressing the other aspects of our Ambition 2025 and maintaining the key aspects of food safety.”
Going forward, FDF expects to face “major challenges” of ongoing climate change and energy policy uncertainty. It also anticipates a battle to implement the most effective and economic way to decarbonise heat production.