Food and drink manufacturers signed up to the Federation House Commitment (FHC) have achieved a 14.4 per cent1 reduction in water use (excluding that in product), according to the latest progress report, launched yesterday.
The amount of water saved between 2007 and 2011 by signatories to the voluntary agreement, which aims to help manufacturers in the food and drink industry to improve their water efficiency, could fill nearly 2,400 Olympic-size swimming pools.
Signatories to the agreement, which is managed by WRAP and the Food & Drink Federation, have also increased, with an additional 18 organisations2 having signed up since April 2011, taking the total to 70 active signatories across 278 sites.
Dr Liz Goodwin, CEO, WRAP, said:
“These findings are evidence that signatories to the Federation House Commitment are taking actions that are having a positive impact on water use. These results are helping to make a considerable contribution towards meeting the whole industry target of 20 per cent by 2020.
“The decrease in water use is particularly pleasing given that production at these sites increased by 10.7 per cent over the same reporting period.
“I am once again encouraged to see a continued rise in the number of signatories to the agreement, which is testament to the industry’s trust in the benefits of a voluntary approach in helping to reduce water use across their manufacturing sites.”
Andrew Kuyk, Director of Sustainability & Competitiveness, FDF, said:
“These results are very good news, for food manufacturers, for our customers and for the environment. They show that green growth is a reality, as production has increased while water usage has fallen. They also prove the value of voluntary agreements where Government and businesses work together to deliver wider benefits.”