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FDF welcomes publication of the food and drink decarbonisation action plan

12 October 2017

FDF welcomes publication of the food and drink decarbonisation action plan

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The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has welcomed the publication today of the Food and Drink Joint Industry - Government Industrial Decarbonisation and Energy Efficiency Roadmap Action Plan.

The Action Plan, which was published alongside the Clean Growth Strategy, builds on the action points set out in the 2015 Food and Drink Sector – Industrial Decarbonisation and Energy Efficiency Roadmap to 2050.

FDF has pledged to actively collaborate with Government in order to reduce carbon emissions to contribute to the UK's challenging 2050 decarbonisation targets. The voluntary plan aims to help support existing cross sector and company commitments and actions, in order to improve energy use productivity and decarbonisation. At the same time, it identifies a number of specific opportunities which will make a substantive contribution to emissions reductions and improve energy use productivity.

The publication of the plan is an important milestone in helping FDF and its members achieve the target of a 55% reduction in emissions by 2025[2], as set out in its Ambition 2025, and its longer term ambition to cut emission by 80% by 2050.

Ian Wright CBE, Director General, Food and Drink Federation said:

“While this is a promising first step, in order for us to deliver our 2050 Roadmap ambitions, we must continue to work closely with Government and partners to:

  • Ensure long-term policy and regulatory stability
  • Deliver secure energy supplies at competitive prices
  • Embrace the concept of a circular economy to maximise resource efficiency

“We will continue to work closely with Government and other stakeholders in order to take these actions forward and to secure a sector deal for food and drink as part of the Government's Industrial Strategy.”

Notes for editors:

  1. The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) is the voice of the food and drink manufacturing industry – the UK's largest manufacturing sector. For more information about FDF and the industry we represent visit: www.fdf.org.uk
  2. The target of a 55% reduction in emissions by 2025 is from a 1990 baseline, as set out in FDF's Ambition 2025.

More information

Contact Skye Oudemans, Corporate Affairs Division, at: skye.oudemans@fdf.org.uk, or 02074207120.

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