Sustainability is about 'achieving a better quality of life for everyone, now and for future generations to come'. The environment is a central facet of this.
In Scotland specifically, the Food and Drink Industry Advisory Group on Resource Efficiency was set up in early 2013. SFDF, Resource Efficient Scotland and Interface Food
& Drink work in partnership to put the development of resource efficiency
best practice in the hands of businesses.
SFDF is also a member of the Scotland Food and Drink Sustainability Steering
View for more information on Scottish specific policies.
Across the UK, our members are committed to making a significant contribution
to improving the environment.
- Our role as food and drink manufacturers is to supply consumers with safe,
nutritious, appetising and affordable food and to help them make sustainable
which will secure these benefits for the future.
- We will lead by example, building on the success of FDF's Five-fold Environmental Ambition to extend our influence across the supply chain as part of a longer term food
- We will work with our suppliers, customers, employees, policy makers and other
stakeholders to develop the necessary information, skills and business
environment to deliver continuous improvement in the use of energy, water and
natural resources to help address the pressing global issues of climate change
loss of biodiversity.
- We will encourage the development of life-cycle thinking throughout the supply
chain and try to remove systemic barriers to improving resource efficiency,
the sourcing of raw materials to the disposal of post-consumer waste.
- We will promote innovation and technology to reduce waste and extract maximum
value from the resources we use and to help consumers get the most from our
FDF Five-fold Ambition
Working collectively, FDF members are making solid progress on their
Five-fold Ambition to:
- Seek to send zero food and packaging waste to landfill at the latest by 2015 and make a significant contribution to WRAP's Courtauld
Commitment 3 target to reduce traditional grocery ingredient, product and
packaging waste in the grocery supply chain by 3% by 2015, from a 2012
- Make a significant contribution to WRAP's 3 target to improve packaging design through the supply chain to maximise recycled content as appropriate,
improve recyclability and deliver product protection to reduce food waste,
ensuring there is no increase in the carbon impact of packaging by 2015, from a 2012 baseline.
- Achieve significant reductions in water use to help reduce stress on the nation's water supplies and contribute to an
industry-wide absolute target to reduce water use by 20% by 2020 compared to
- Embed environmental standards in their transport practices, including contracts with hauliers as they fall for renewal, to achieve fewer
and friendlier food transport miles and make a contribution to the Freight
Transport Association administered Logistics Carbon Reduction Scheme target to
the carbon intensity of freight operations by 8% by 2015 against a 2010
FDF is also committed to measuring progress against each of our ambitions and
publishing annual progress - see our 2014 progress report.
In Scotland, our members are engaged and committed to making a difference in
this area, and many have already delivered real progress.
Last reviewed: 13 Dec 2011