Greenhouse Gas Emissions
FDF's Ambition to Cut CO2 Emissions
FDF members are committed to an industry-wide1 absolute target to reduce CO2
emissions2 by 35% by 2020 against a 1990 baseline3.
Delivering Our Ambition
FDF members reduced their CO2 emissions by 27% in 2011 compared to 1990. This is
measured under FDF's voluntary Climate Change Agreement with the Department for
Energy and Climate Change (DECC).
To support members’ efforts, FDF has worked with environmental consultants
SKM-Enviros to develop a Carbon Management Best Practice Guide. It
provides tips for improving the efficiency of energy using equipment such as
ovens and refrigeration plants.
FDF has worked closely with the Carbon Trust on a service for FDF members which
will allow companies to review and reduce energy use in food and drink
refrigeration. Such technical surveys have the capability, on average, to
refrigeration related energy savings and emissions reductions of up to 25%. FDF
also worked with the Carbon Trust on sector specific energy efficiency schemes
under the Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator programme. To date the
and sugar confectionary sectors have been involved.
FDF has also been proactive in the development of the carbon footprinting
particular, we have worked closely with BSI, Carbon Trust and others on a
methodology for measuring the carbon footprints of food and non-food products
member of the Publicly Available Standard (PAS 2050) Steering Group.
Climate change is arguably the biggest single challenge facing mankind and the
planet. Experts advise that the Earth is locked into a pattern of rising
temperature and sea levels that is almost certainly the result of human
main cause is the release of greenhouse gases, such as CO2, into the
The climatic effect is proving extreme and
Tackling climate change requires everyone to play their full part – the
sector, energy suppliers, industry and private individuals alike. The UK
drink manufacturing sector has made a very good start. It has reduced
emissions significantly since 1990. However, given the scale of the
sector can afford to be complacent. We must all do more.
Footnote 1: Proposed in the Food Industry Sustainability Strategy published
Defra in 2006.
Footnote 2: Refers to CO2 arising from the use of energy (from fossil fuels, gas and
food and drink manufacturing installations.
Based upon a combination Dukes data published by DTI and, from
gathered under FDF's Climate Change Agreement.
Footnote 4: Source: UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Last reviewed: 11 Dec 2012