Members of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) last week launched a five-pronged commitment to make a difference to the environment in areas where they felt they make the biggest impact.

The initiative, launched in London at an event addressed by Environment Secretary Hilary Benn, will aim to stop any food and packaging waste being sent to landfill sites from 2015. The FDF said members would also make a signficant contribution to efforts to achieve an absolute reduction in the level of packaging reaching households by 2010 compared to 2005 and advise consumers on how to recycle used packaging.

Other parts of the FDF commitment include a 20% cut in CO2 emissions by 2010 compared to 1990 and an aspiration to reduce them by 30% by 2020, better environmental standards in the transport industry to achieve ’fewer and friendlier food transport miles’ and a 20% reduction in the environmental and social impacts of the food chain.