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Drinks manufacturers maintain sustainability progress

The British Soft Drinks Association (BDSA) has reported progress on four areas, including packaging, which are part of its strategy to reduce the sector’s environmental impact.

The BSDA’s third annual progress report, published in December, says it has continued to work with WRAP on improving the sustainability of soft drinks packaging.

To date, seven of its members are signatories of Phase 2 of the Courtauld Commitment, and the other members are being encouraged to join them. It says members are also aiming to accelerate progress towards the 2015 target of zero manufacturing waste to landfill.

BSDA director general Jill Ardagh said: “The soft drinks industry is thinking about the long term in devising and implementing its sustainability strategy. It makes short-term sense too, because consumers and other stakeholders want to know that the industry is doing the right things to safeguard the future.”

On the other areas, BSDA says water use in 2010, not including that in the product itself, has reduced by 5.3% against a 2007 baseline and members have been reducing emissions by installing energy-monitoring systems, more energy-efficient lighting and using more natural light in factories, and researching the possibility of using renewable energy.

The industry is working hard to cut the impact of freight transport by exploring alternative fuels, moving from road to rail and reducing transport miles through using local distribution firms.

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