The Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF) latest report has revealed that its members have cut their carbon emissions by 17% since 1990. This equates to 58,000 tonnes less CO2 which is the equivalent of taking 22,000 cars off UK roads each year. Among its member are Tate and Lyle, Macphie of Glenbervie, British Sugar, United Biscuits and Burtons Foods. According to the FDF’s 2008 progress report, released on 27 November, Macphie will reduce the company’s emissions by 2,100 tonnes per year from 2008 following investment in a 1.2MW biomass boiler, enabling the company to produce food ingredients using green energy generated from wood chips.

United Biscuits’ aim is to send zero food waste to landfill by 2010 and it has already reduced its food waste by 18% in the first eight months of 2008.

Other achievements of FDF’s members include the prevention of over half a million tonnes of food waste being created and the recycling or recovery of 82% of the food and packaging waste created in factories.

As part of its Five-Fold Environmental Ambition, FDF joined with Envirowise in January this year, in what is known as the Federation House Commitment, which sets out five steps to success for food and drink manufacturing companies wishing to work in a systematic way to improve water efficiency. Newest signatories include Betty and Taylors of Harrogate, Burton Foods, Kerry Foods and William Jackson and Son.