Food and drink manufacturing water use reporting (formerly FHC)

The Federation House Commitment ran from 2008 to 2014. Following the success of FHC, accountability for water efficiency improvement in food and drink has moved to industry.

Food and drink businesses can now access all resources developed to support the FHC, on the WRAP website.

From 2015, water use data is collected via FDFDairy UK and other trade associations.

Progress Report 

You can read more about the Food and Drink Manufacturing Water Use Reporting in the 2015 Progress Report

Key information from the 2015 Progress Report

  • Between 2007 and 2014 companies reporting collectively made a 15% reduction in their water use (excluding that in product). This reduction is equivalent to 6.2 million m3 or around 2,467 Olympic-size swimming pools.
  • Signatories have also reduced their water use (excluding that in product) per tonne of product, by 22.9% compared to the 2007 baseline, a reduction of 0.53 m3/tonne product. This is a significant achievement given that production for these sites increased by 10.2% over the same reporting period.
  • Between 2013 and 2014, signatories reported a 0.27 million m3 reduction in annual water use. This represented a saving of around £0.4 million in the purchase of water.
  • 223 active sites’ data was collated for this progress update.