The Federation House Commitment (FHC) ran from 2008 to 2014. Since its launch, the FHC helped signatories across the food and drink manufacturing sector turn their commitments into real water savings.
FHC was a voluntary agreement that aimed to help reduce overall water usage by food and drink manufacturers, and to contribute towards the UK Food and Drink industry target of reducing water use by 20% by 2020. The FHC was managed by WRAP in partnership with the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and Dairy UK.
Signatories signed up to five steps as part of their commitment:
- Step 1: Develop a water use baseline;
- Step 2: Assess water use at each nominated manufacturing site;
- Step 3: Develop site specific action plans;
- Step 4: Implement the actions identified in the action plan(s);
- Step 5: Report annual water use and production data to WRAP and its contractor. These were based on a calendar year.
Following its success, the FHC has transitioned accountability for water efficiency improvement to the industry. Food and drink businesses can now access the FHC resources on the WRAP website.
Key information from the 2014 Progress Report
- Between 2007 and 2013 signatories collectively made a 15.6% reduction in their water use (excluding that in product). This reduction is equivalent to 6.1 million m3 or around 2,430 Olympic-size swimming pools.
- Signatories have also reduced their water use (excluding that in product) per tonne of product, by 22% compared to the 2007 baseline, a reduction of 0.49 m3/tonne product. This is a significant achievement given that production for these sites increased by 8.2% over the same reporting period.
- Between 2012 and 2013, signatories reported a 1.35 million m3 reduction in annual water use. This represented a saving of around £2 million in the purchase of water.
- At March 2014, there were 70 signatories across 284 active sites, signed up to the FHC.