The Grocer reports that food industry chiefs have cautiously welcomed the latest UK target to reduce greenhouse emissions, but many remain concerned over the possible impacts on food production.
The new target is to reduce UK emissions by at least 68% against 1990 levels by the end of 2030, as part of plans to ensure the UK reaches net zero emissions by 2050.
Emma Piercy, Food and Drink Federation head of climate change and energy policy, said the trade body would be strengthening its own carbon targets in the new year, and so welcomed the government’s latest pledge. She stressed, however, that that food manufacturers “will need clear direction and support” from government in order to make the transition.
Tesco UK CEO Jason Tarry described the new national target as an “important step” in the fight against climate change. ”Our supply chain and long-term business sustainability depend on the health of the natural environment,” he added. Tesco has set itself until 2035 to become carbon-neutral across its UK business, and is investing in solar farms, fitting solar panels across its stores and rolling out electric vehicles as part of the plans.
Stephen Moorhouse, VP and general manager, Great Britain, Coca-Cola European Partners, said it was a “bold commitment from the UK government” and a “crucial step to accelerate the transition to net zero”.