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FDF’S Sustainability Convention Highlights Collaborative Efforts To Tackle Climate Change

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The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) hosted its second annual Sustainability Convention on Tuesday 10 November to address the challenges and issues associated with climate change including food security, potential business risks, UK climate change policy and impacts on food and drink manufacturers.

Opened by Ian Wright, FDF’s Director General, the event featured expert speakers, best-practice examples and company case studies from the Met Office, DECC, WRAP, DNV-GL and companies including Nestlé UK, Tesco, McCain Foods, McDonald’s and Wyke Farms.

Supply chain collaboration emerged as a key theme, as food and drink companies face increasing pressures on resources and increased risk from investing in new technologies to adapt to climate change.

The importance of seeing climate change risks as a business opportunity and the impact of collaborative industry action was also discussed. FDF announced it is currently reviewing its Five-fold Environmental Ambition, with the aim of launching a new set of ambitions and targets for the sector in early 2016.

The delegates also participated in workshop sessions on low carbon roadmaps, climate change adaptation and how to prioritise action, run by experts from SLR Consulting, Environment Agency, FDF and BIS. Kelda Water Services was the event’s headline sponsor.

Barbara Gallani, FDF’s Policy and Sustainability Director, said: “No individual player can succeed in tackling sustainability challenges on their own so we were delighted to bring together so many leading edge companies and experts at our annual Sustainability Convention.

“FDF and its members believe that collaboration across the food and drink supply chain is essential to building resilience and tackling the challenges of world population growth, increased pressures on natural resources and the need to mitigate and adapt to climate change. We are seeing increased collaborative efforts within the sector and innovative solutions are being developed in all parts of the supply chain.”

Katie Schofield, Key Account Manager, Manufacturing, Kelda Water Services, said: “Climate change is a major challenge for water security. Studies have predicted global temperatures will rise, leading to a substantial reduction in water resources. At Kelda Water Services Retail we work with our customers to limit the effects of climate change, through assessing water usage and looking at feasible ways to reduce and reuse water throughout the manufacturing process. The FDF Sustainability Convention gave us an opportunity to discuss and highlight the issues presented to water usage and security in the future.”

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A Good Look At How Homes Will Become More Energy Efficient Soon

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Everyone always talks about ways they can save energy at home, but the tactics are old school. They’re only tweaking the way they do things at the moment. Sealing holes in your home isn’t exactly the next scientific breakthrough we’ve been waiting for.

There is some good news because technology is progressing quickly. Some tactics might not be brand new, but they’re becoming more popular. Here are a few things you should expect to see in homes all around the country within a few years.

1. The Rise Of Smart Windows

When you look at a window right now it’s just a pane of glass. In the future they’ll be controlled by microprocessors and sensors. They’ll change depending on the specific weather conditions directly outside.

If the sun disappears the shade will automatically adjust to let in more light. The exact opposite will happen when it’s sunny. These energy efficient windows will save everyone a huge amount of money.

2. A Better Way To Cool Roofs

If you wanted to cool a roof down today you would coat it with a material full of specialized pigments. This would allow roofs to deflect the sun and they’d absorb less heat in the process too.

Soon we’ll see the same thing being done, but it will be four times more effective. Roofs will never get too hot again. Anyone with a large roof is going to see a sharp decrease in their energy bills.

3. Low-E Windows Taking Over

It’s a mystery why these aren’t already extremely popular, but things are starting to change. Read low-E window replacement reviews and you’ll see everyone loves them because they’re extremely effective.

They’ll keep heat outside in summer or inside in winter. People don’t even have to buy new windows to enjoy the technology. All they’ll need is a low-E film to place over their current ones.

4. Magnets Will Cool Fridges

Refrigerators haven’t changed much in a very long time. They’re still using a vapor compression process that wastes energy while harming the environment. It won’t be long until they’ll be cooled using magnets instead.

The magnetocaloric effect is going to revolutionize cold food storage. The fluid these fridges are going to use will be water-based, which means the environment can rest easy and energy bills will drop.

5. Improving Our Current LEDs

Everyone who spent a lot of money on energy must have been very happy when LEDs became mainstream. Incandescent light bulbs belong in museums today because the new tech cut costs by up to 85 percent.

That doesn’t mean someone isn’t always trying to improve on an already great invention. The amount of lumens LEDs produce per watt isn’t great, but we’ve already found a way to increase it by 25 percent.

Maybe Homes Will Look Different Too

Do you think we’ll come up with new styles of homes that will take off? Surely it’s not out of the question. Everything inside homes seems to be changing for the better with each passing year. It’s going to continue doing so thanks to amazing inventors.

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IEMA Urge Government’s Industrial Strategy Skills Overhaul To Adopt A “Long View Approach”

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IEMA, in response to the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, have welcomed the focus on technical skills and education to boost “competence and capability” of tomorrow’s workforce.

Policy experts at the world’s leading professional association of Environment and Sustainability professionals has today welcomed Prime Minister Teresa May’s confirmation that an overhaul of technical education and skills will form a central part of the Plan for Britain – but warns the strategy must be one for the long term.

Martin Baxter, Chief Policy Advisor at IEMA said this morning that the approach and predicted investment in building a stronger technical skills portfolio to boost the UK’s productivity and economic resilience is positive, and presents an opportunity to drive the UK’s skills profile and commitment to sustainability outside of the EU.

Commenting on the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, Baxter said today:

“Government must use the Industrial Strategy as an opportunity to accelerate the UK’s transition to a low-carbon, resource efficient economy – one that is flexible and agile and which gives a progressive outlook for the UK’s future outside the EU.

We welcome the focus on skills and education, as it is vital that tomorrow’s workforce has the competence and capability to innovate and compete globally in high-value manufacturing and leading technology.

There is a real opportunity with the Industrial Strategy, and forthcoming 25 year Environment Plan and Carbon Emissions Reduction Plan, to set long-term economic and environmental outcomes which set the conditions to unlock investment, enhance natural capital and provide employment and export opportunities for UK business.

We will ensure that the Environment and Sustainability profession makes a positive contribution in responding to the Green Paper.”

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