UK manufacturers commit to wide ranging environmental plan

By Ahmed ElAmin

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags: Carbon dioxide

The UK's food and drink manufacturers yesterday committed
to ambitious new targets for reducing packaging, carbon
emissions, water waste and transport distances.

In outlining a five-point plan to reach those targets the Food and Drink Federation pledged that its members would cut packing materials by 340,000 tonnes by 2010, from the 4.6m tonnes used in 2005, a reduction of 13 per cent. The FDF also said its members would achieve a 20 per cent absolute reduction in CO2 emissions by 2010 compared to 1990. Industry would also attempt to reach a further 10 percentage point reduction by 2020. The companies pledged that no food and packaging waste would go to landfill from 2015. They committed to making a significant contribution to achieve an absolute reduction in the level of packaging reaching households by 2010 compared to 2005. The FDF said member companies plan to achieve significant reductions in water use. They would contribute to an industry-wide absolute target to reduce water use by 20 per cent by 2020 compared to 2007. Embedding environmental standards in transport practices is also part of the programme. The standards would be applied to contracts with hauliers as they fall for renewal in a bid to achieve fewer and friendlier food transport miles. The UK industry also said it would contribute to an absolute target for the food chain to reduce environmental and social impacts by 20 per cent by 2012 compared to 2002.

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