Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of MRW, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

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.

Readers' comments (1)

  • Readers may be interested in our benchmark of the soft drink industry's sustainability goals. Learn more at http://shop.greenresearch.com/products/benchmarking-sustainability-goals-non-alcoholic-beverages

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.