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Food and drink sector claims progress on emissions

The food and drink industry says it is continuing to deliver significant reductions in CO2 emissions while increasing production.

A progress report from the UK’s largest manufacturing sector announces its members have slashed emissions by 25% and are well on track to meet their target of 35% by 2020.

The Fivefold Environmental Ambition report from by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) indicates that FDF members have helped to reduce product and packaging waste in the supply chain by 6.9%, reduce water use (outside of that embedded in product) by 5.3% and saved 163 million HGV road miles.

It says these reductions have been achieved while increasing production.

In 2011, the programme also considered the sector’s environmental impact beyond the factory gates by conducting research into sustainable supply chains.

FDF’s director of sustainability and competitiveness Andrew Kuyk said: “Decoupling environmental impacts from economic growth is key to meeting the sustainability challenges of the future and to our own and global food security. We are proud of our progress so far and we look forward to continuing this journey in 2012.”

Minister of state Jim Paice said:“Food and drink businesses have made great progress in reducing emissions, cutting down waste, and reducing water use. Of course, there’s always more to be done, and I’m impressed by the challenging longer term ambitions set by the industry itself. We’ll do all we can to help them be met.”

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