The reduction of environmental impacts, protection of the natural habitat and a more sustainable food system are the goals of food and drink manufacturers who today announced a new set of commitments.
The Food and Drink Federation (FDF)’s ‘Ambition 2025’ builds on FDF’s ground-breaking Five-fold Environmental Ambition (FFEA), launched in 2007, widely acknowledged to be one of the first UK sector-wide set of environmental commitments.
Nearly a decade later, food and drink manufacturers have made significant progress on those targets. The new Ambition covers key areas where FDF believes food and drink manufacturing can help deliver the biggest positive impacts by working collaboratively across their supply chains. It includes new commitments on C02 emissions, food waste, use of more sustainable packaging systems, water use, and transport emissions.
The Ambition also goes further than the FFEA, with plans to engage members and stakeholders in the promotion of sustainable supply chains and the enhancement of natural capital. In collaboration with others, FDF believes the industry can play a positive role in building resilient and sustainable value chains into the future.
The partnership approach has proven most effective at engaging the diverse parts of the UK food chain.
FDF’s Ambition 2025:
· The C02 emissions from FDF members’ UK manufacturing operations have been reduced by 44% since 1990. We are setting a new and challenging target of a 55% absolute reduction by 2025, fully in-line with UK carbon budgets’ target2.
Our members have already contributed to a cut in supply chain waste of 3.2% under the first two years of the Courtauld Commitment 3. The new ambition also maintains a commitment to send zero food and packaging waste to landfill from members’ own direct operations from 2016 and beyond. As a signatory of Courtauld 2025, FDF is committed to helping WRAP achieve a 20% per capita reduction in UK food and drink waste by 20252.
Reporting FDF members have reduced water use by almost a third (30.1%) since 2007. Delivering continuous improvement in water use across the whole supply chain, food and drink manufacturers are contributing to an industry-wide target of a 20% reduction by 20203.
· Member organisations contributed to a 3.9% reduction in carbon impact of food and drink packaging under the first two years of Phase 3 of the WRAP Courtauld Commitment. Under the new Ambition they will be working to reduce the impact of used packaging as part of developing more sustainable packaging systems. Specifically, FDF is currently working in partnership with the Industry Council for Research on Packaging and the Environment (INCPEN) on a sustainable packaging checklist.
· FDF members have contributed to a reduction in transport emissions of 6.8% since 2010 under the Logistics Carbon Reduction Scheme (LCRS) operated by the Freight Transport Association (FTA). To help FDF members commit to further reduce the environmental impact of their transport operations, whether their own or third party fleets, we have produced an updated checklist of environmental standards embodying the ‘Fewer and Friendlier Food Miles approach’. We will also be supporting the FTA in developing a second phase of the LCRS.
· Sustainable Supply Chains: FDF will promote the uptake of sustainability standards and will develop a comprehensive online signposting tool to guide members in integrating sustainable sourcing into their supply chain.
· Natural Capital: FDF has become a member of the Natural Capital Coalition and will work with partners to increase awareness of the business benefits of valuing natural capital4.
FDF commits to assess and report progress towards the new 2025 ambition on an annual basis.
Helen Munday, Director of Food Safety, Science and Sustainability & Chief Scientific Officer, Food and Drink Federation, said:
“FDF’s Five-fold Environmental Ambition was truly ground-breaking when we launched it in 2007. Now, having made great progress across a range of areas, including massive CO2 emission and water use reductions, we’ve looked again at what more we can deliver, engaging with more companies within our sector and beyond. The partnership approach has proven most effective at engaging the diverse parts of the UK food chain. We’re working with Government and partners such as WRAP and the Natural Capital Coalition to help deliver wider objectives.”
Nick Vermont, Regional CEO, McCain Foods and Chair of FDF’s Sustainability Steering Group, said:
“The Ambition 2025 is the next step on our journey to help deliver a sustainable food system into the future. It is a journey that will see our industry continue to take a leading role to further improve resource efficiencies and address the wider sustainability agenda.”
Extra-Mile Water Conservation Efforts Amidst Shortage
While some states are literally flooding due to heavy rains and run-off, others are struggling to get the moisture they need. States like Arizona and California have faced water emergencies for the last few years; water conserving efforts from citizens help keep them out of trouble.
If your area is experiencing a water shortage, there are a few things you can do to go the extra mile.
Repair and Maintain Appliances
Leaks around the house – think showerheads, toilets, dishwashers, and more – lead to wasted water. Beyond that, the constant flow of water will cause water damage to your floors and walls. Have repairs done as soon as you spot any problems.
Sometimes, a leak won’t be evident until it gets bad. For that reason, make appointments to have your appliances inspected and maintained at least once per year. This will extend the life of each machine as well as nip water loss in the bud.
When your appliances are beyond repair, look into Energy Star rated replacements. They’re designed to use the least amount of water and energy possible, without compromising on effectiveness.
Only Run Dishwasher and Washer When Full
It might be easier to do a load of laundry a day rather than doing it once per week, but you’ll waste a lot more water this way. Save up your piles of clothes until you have enough to fully load the washing machine. You could also invest in a washing machine that senses the volume of water needed according to the volume of clothes.
The same thing goes with the dishwasher. Don’t push start until you’ve filled it to capacity. If you have to wash dishes, don’t run the water while you’re washing. Fill the sink or a small bowl a quarter of the way full and use this to wash your dishes.
Recycle Water in Your Yard
Growing a garden in your backyard is a great way to cut down on energy and water waste from food growers and manufacturers, but it will require a lot more water on your part. Gardens must be watered, and this often leads to waste.
You can reduce this waste by participating in water recycling. Using things like a rain barrel, pebble filtering system, and other tools, you can save thousands of gallons a year and still keep your landscaping and garden beautiful and healthy.
Landscape with Drought-Resistant Plants
Recycling water in your yard is a great way to reduce your usage, but you can do even more by reducing the amount of water required to keep your yard looking great. The best drought-resistant plants are those that are native to the area. In California, for example, succulents grow very well, and varieties of cactus do well in states like Arizona or Texas.
Install Water-Saving Features
The average American household uses between 80 and 100 gallons of water every single day. You obviously can’t cut out things like showering or using the toilet, but you can install a few water-saving tools to make your water use more efficient.
There are low-flow showerheads, toilets, and faucet aerators. You could also use automatic shut-off nozzles, shower timers, and grey water diverters. Any of these water saving devices can easily cut your water usage in half.
Research Laws and Ordinances for Your City
Dry states like California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada must create certain laws to keep the water from running out. These laws are put into practice for the benefit of everyone, but they only work if you abide by the laws.
If you live in a state where drought is common, research your state and city’s laws. They might designate one day per week that you’re allowed to water your lawn or how full you can fill a pool. Many people are not well versed in the laws set by their states, and it would mean a lot to your community if you did your part.
Cyprus is the Forerunner for Ecotourism
When I was looking for a second citizenship, I happened to see One Visa’s offer on Cyprus Citizenship by investment program. I had heard about Cyprus being a beautiful country, but I did not know much else, so I decided to start my own research about this gem of a place.
After I did some research, I discovered that Cyprus is a popular destination for tourists. Unfortunately, heavy tourism and the associated development affected villages here and there, with some communities being slowly abandoned. To avoid this from happening any further, Cyprus went into ecotourism, and today, it is the forerunner in this arena. Let’s look in further detail at ecotourism in Cyprus here.
How was it started?
It all started in 2006 with the launch of the “Cyprus Sustainable Tourism Initiative.” This program has the sole scope of promoting ecotourism developments in the tourism industry. It concentrates on those areas which require conservation and environmental safety. At the same time, it helps develop social, as well as economic statuses in the rural parts of Cyprus. Through this program, the government was able to acknowledge that ecotourism will play an essential role in the future of Cyprus, with the concept gaining momentum among tourists from all over the globe.
How to go about it?
So, now you are interested in going for an ecotourism vacation in Cyprus. How will you go about it? I would immediately say that everyone should visit the quaint Cypriot villages spread throughout the island. These communities have a smaller population, and not many tourists visit. They make for a great relaxing spot. Enjoy seeing the bustle of village life go by where simple pleasures abound. Most hamlets are linked by specific minibus tours which ferry tourists to these havens. These trips will have a regular schedule, aimed at promoting ecotourism further. Such tours will be regulated to ensure that while the villages can benefit and develop, they do not get overpopulated or overcrowded with tourists. Therefore, you can be sure to enjoy the beautiful sceneries that nature has to offer here.
If you are wondering if there are any activities to do here, my answer would be: “Yes, plenty.” You can go for some guided walks across various regions here. Here you will be able to explore the diversified natural beauty and wildlife of the area. Several agritourism activities and services are planned to open shortly. Once launched, you will be able to engage in picking olives, milking goats, and several other such events here.
What can be learned?
Although we are aware that natural resources need to be preserved, we do not always remember it in real life. When we go on tours such as these, we can realize the significance of protecting nature. Also, when more and more people visit these places, the concept of ecotourism will become popular among more people. Awareness about ecotourism is set to grow and spread throughout the world. Subsequently, sustainable tourism will gain popularity around the globe with Cyprus being the forerunner for ecotourism .