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FDF Members Reduce Water Consumption by 24%

FDF Members Reduce Water Consumption by 24%
July 16
10:39 2015

Members of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) in Britain who are working towards an industry-wide water reduction target have collectively reduced their water use by almost a quarter since 2007. New figures released by FDF show that these food and drink manufacturers have significantly reduced the amount of water used in the production of food and drink. Between 2007 and 2014, FDF members have reduced their water consumption by 24.2%. This is a reduction of 5.1 million cubic metres, enough to fill 2,040 Olympic-size swimming pools.

The figures for water intensity (the amount of water needed per unit of production) saw an even bigger reduction of 26.3%, decreasing by 0.69m3 per tonne of product compared to 2007.

The reductions contribute towards industry’s Food and Drink Manufacturing Water Use Reporting (formerly the Federation House Commitment), which shows that industry has collectively made a 15% reduction in water use since 2007.

FDF members’ impressive savings alone represent a major contribution towards the industry-wide target to reduce water use by 20% by 2020 compared to the 2007 baseline.

In the last year, FDF members have continued to make progress, achieving a 3.6% reduction in their water use.

Ian Wright, Director General of the Food and Drink Federation says: “Increasing concern over future water supply means that water resources need to be used as sustainably as possible. Food and drink manufacturers have long recognised this and have been playing their part in improving water efficiency.

He adds: “Water use reduction is at the heart of our environmental ambition. This encouraging result is a testament to the commitment and action of our members. They have been implementing industry-leading water saving initiatives across their sites. We hope that this example will encourage many more companies to take action on water use and see the benefits for themselves.”

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