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FDF's Environmental Ambition: Progress Report 2019

2019 has been an exciting year for environmental policy and the sustainability agenda, not least because the UK became the first major economy to enshrine a Net Zero emissions target into law. Unabated public and political interest in packaging has continued. Government published four consultations linked to reforming the packaging producer responsibility system and aimed at promoting a more circular economy. Food waste has also been in the policy spotlight, with the launch of the Government's Step up to the Plate initiative and the first progress report for the UK Food Waste Reduction Roadmap showing a significant increase in business commitment. Food and drink manufacturers also made a significant contribution to the progress recorded in the first Courtauld 2025 milestone report.

Since last year, FDF members have reported a further reduction in CO2 emissions, down 53.2% since 1990, and a reduction in water consumption, down 38.5% since 2008. FDF and our members have demonstrated progress under industry initiatives, including the UK Food Waste Reduction Roadmap and Courtauld 2025, and FDF signed the Step up to the Plate Pledge. Our members continue to engage with the UK Plastics Pact and are contributing to a breadth of other actions to tackle plastic waste.

Even with this progress, the global food system still faces unprecedented pressures over the coming decades. These will require a transformation in the way we do business at all levels – from the ingredients we source and products we make, to how they are packaged and transported. We anticipate energy policy will be a priority for 2020 as we work to shape future policies aligned with meeting the Net Zero emissions target for 2050. FDF will undertake a mid-term review of Ambition 2025 in 2020 to ensure it reflects changes in the regulatory and political landscape. We look forward to embracing this opportunity with our members, who continue to show dedication to achieving sustainability goals.

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Last reviewed: 21 Jan 2020