UK food and drink manufactu-rers have reduced their carbon emissions by 19% equivalent to one million tonnes since 1990, announced the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).
As it launched its progress report for the second year of its Five-Fold Environmental Ambition, the FDF said its members are "well on track" to achieving their goal of cutting CO2 emissions by 20% by 2010, as well as being on target to meet its long-term target of a 30% reduction by 2020.
Among its members is Premier Foods, of which the Hovis arm has purchased 187 new vehicles that meet the new Euro emissions standards. Hovis has also worked on optimising its vehicle fill, with a 13% volume increase in products carried saving 1,679,037 miles annually.
Burton’s Foods has conducted a full-scale water investigation across its sites, relative to the tonnes of product baked. By the end of the year, the com-pany expects to have saved around 73,000m3 through greater efficiencies.
United Biscuits has also been working to save water and, last year, achieved a 17% reduction. Its ultimate goal is to achieve a 25% reduction by 2020 compared with 2007 usage.