how the food industry will reach net-zero goals
Sustainability goals are at the forefront of retailers and small FMCG companies. People feel the need to tackle carbon emissions to preserve our environment.
Tackling supply chain emissions
The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) confirms that the emissions from the food and drink supply chain are the majority of products' carbon footprint, and for this reason, they are cleaning new plans to target net-zero emissions by 2040.
The FDF will launch a Roadmap to Net Zero project at the COP26 climate change summit being held in Glasgow in November. They will talk about ingredients, packaging, manufacturing, distribution, and storage.
Farming is evolving
In a survey from NFU, the most successful representation body for agriculture and horticulture in England and Wales, we found the following data: 69% of farmers plan to improve soil health or carbon content, and 51% plan to plant trees. Another 38% plan to extend hedgerows, 35% will invest in more renewable energy generation, and 35% will invest in low carbon agri-technology. This is exciting news for the industry.
Retailers want to be more environmentally friendly
In November, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) set out plans to reach net-zero by 2040. Leading retailers had “smashed” 2020 carbon reduction targets, with emissions having fallen 49% since 2005, exceeding the target of a 25% absolute reduction.
Carbon emissions in stores and store deliveries fell 46% and 84% respectively when controlled for growth. SMEs have a significant role in reducing emissions.
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