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 Group.

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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 choices 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 strategy.
  • 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 other natural resources to help address the pressing global issues of climate change and 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, from 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 products.

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 baseline.
  • 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, while 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 2007.
  • 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 reduce the carbon intensity of freight operations by 8% by 2015 against a 2010 baseline.

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.

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Last reviewed: 30 Jun 2015