Federation House Commitment

The Federation House Commitment (FHC) is a voluntary agreement which aims to help reduce overall water usage across UK Food and Drink industry by 20% by 2020.

Read more about the FHC in the 2014 Progress Report >>

See also: 2013 Progress Report

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.

Commitment background

Since its launch in 2008, the FHC, managed by WRAP in partnership with the Food and Drink Federation (FDF), has been helping signatories across the food and drink manufacturing sector turn their commitments into real water savings.

Under the FHC, signatories pledge to review their on-site water use and develop site-specific action plans within six months of signing up. Signatories then review and update their action plan based on actions implemented and commit to providing data on water savings made on site on an annual basis. FHC technical advisors are available to assist signatories at each stage of the process.