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As the Food and Drink Federation delivers continued progress on its environmental ambitions, how can you get in on the action and make the catering industry more sustainable?

How to go greener

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has published its annual sustainability progress report, outlining the progress made by members to deliver its Ambition 2025. The publication of this report is accompanied by the public launch of FDF's Sustainability Resource Hub, an online platform providing information on various sustainability tools that was previously only available to member companies.

The report shows that progress was made towards each of FDF's environmental ambitions, including further reductions in CO2 emissions from manufacturing operations, down 51% in 2016 compared to the 1990 baseline. It is accompanied by case studies from FDF member companies Bettys & Taylors, Britvic, Coca-Cola European Partners, Mars, Matthew Algie, Mondelez International, PepsiCo, Pladis, and Warburtons.

The FDF’s Sustainability Resource Hub promises to help businesses improve

The Hub contains information on voluntary certifications, collaborative platforms and practical tools available to businesses looking to further their sustainability agenda. The project is a key deliverable on FDF's ambition on sustainable supply chains. FDF hopes it will help businesses identify relevant and credible mechanisms to increase and maintain the resilience of their supply chains, both independently and in collaboration with other stakeholders.

FDF will continue to work with its members to make further progress towards its Ambition 2025 and to deliver sustainable supply chains for the future.

Helen Munday, Chief Scientific Officer, Food and Drink Federation, said:

“The food and drink manufacturing industry continues to deliver progress against our environmental ambitions. The Sustainability Resource Hub is the next step on our journey to support a shift towards integrating sustainable sourcing into decision making at all levels throughout the supply chain and achieving our Ambition 2025. We hope this tool will provide companies, particularly small- to-medium sized ones, with practical guidance to contribute to their sustainability goals.

“Following the publication of the 25-year Environment Plan, we look forward to working closely with Government and other key stakeholders on evidence-based approaches to sustainability, including dealing with plastic waste and protecting and enhancing Britain's natural capital.”

Going green: what can caterers do to make their businesses more sustainable?

While sustainability will play a crucial part in protecting the environment and creating a better future for the earth, it can also empower caterers to produce a better product and attract more custom from green-seeking consumers.

There are several things you can do to make your catering business more sustainable and support the progress already made by the FDF. You’ll find a handy list of 12 top sustainability tips for caterers on the NCASS website here. You’ll also find helpful information in the forthcoming issue of Catering Quarterly magazine, including tips on biodegradable, reusable and even edible packaging.

And if you’re really serious about taking steps to make your business as green as can be? You need to take the online NCASS Sustainability Training course, available at half price to NCASS members. Developed in partnership with the Sustainable Restaurant Association, NCASS’s sustainability training is available for both mobile and fixed site catering business and will give you the information and confidence you need to introduce sustainable practices in your catering business.

How festival organisers can support sustainability progress too

Festival Vision: 2025 by Powerful Thinking is a shared vision for a sustainable festival industry. It was conceived as part of The Show Must Go On report, a festival industry response to the 2015 global climate change talks in Paris.

The Show Must Go On report outlines the environmental impacts of the festival industry and aims to provide a robust basis for an industry-wide action. The Festival Vision: 2025 Pledge brings together festivals that wish to take action to create a sustainable future.

Festival organisers can join the growing number of committed festival organisers by taking the Pledge here. By signing the pledge you’ll become one of the Vision Festivals aiming to make the festival industry an exemplar of environmental responsibility.

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