(Brussels, 4 March 2020) Today, the EU launched its European Climate Law, which sets the goal for Europe’s economy and society to become carbon-neutral by 2050, as part of the European Green Deal.
Statement from FoodDrinkEurope Environment Director Laura Degallaix:
To help reach carbon neutrality we must be fast, far-reaching and ambitious in our actions. We must continue to build on existing measures to make food processing operations more energy efficient, use more renewable energy and further reduce emissions from transport and logistics. We will also continue with our goal to help halve food waste by 2030.
Crucially, we will look to EU lawmakers to develop a policy environment that supports green growth and jobs – leaving no one behind. We need confidence and support for industry efforts and investment into innovations that will further reduce carbon emissions of food and drink products, improve packaging and develop low carbon operations. At the same time, we urge policymakers to work with us to avoid trade-offs on food safety.
As Europe’s largest manufacturing sector, the food and drink industry plays an integral role in helping the EU reach carbon neutrality by 2050, but it can only be achieved with changes across the entire farm-to-fork process. We will therefore work closely with farmers and consumers, and across public and private sectors, to drive sustainability in the way we grow and consume our food.
The European food and drink industry strongly supports the Paris Agreement objective to keep the global temperature increase below 2°C and to pursue efforts to keep it at 1.5°C.
Climate change has an impact on food systems, whether directly or indirectly. It can have an impact on food security, food prices, and the quality and safety of food products. Extreme weather events, such as droughts, floods, and rising temperatures, hamper food production, which may affect the long-term supply of safe, high-quality and affordable raw materials for the food and drink sector.
In this context, food and drink manufacturers are integrating climate change in their business strategies and continuously working to minimise the environmental impacts of their products based on a life-cycle approach.
Please refer to our climate change position paper here.