Meat in a Net Zero world

30th June 2020

A cross-industry vision to optimise productivity and minimise waste from farm to fork.

Key points
UK meat industry commits to working from farm to fork to improve efficiency and productivity, minimise waste, protect natural assets and reduce global warming.
Actions will be implemented by supply chain businesses (processors, retailers, hospitality and food service businesses), with support from industry bodies.
Aims to make the UK meat industry a world-leading example of efficient and sustainable meat production and supply.

A collective commitment to action

There has never been a more critical time for action. We are facing a warming world, with more people and less land, water, energy and other resources to go around.  As an industry we are committing to work together to ensure that we use these resources efficiently and minimise our impact on the environment, whilst safeguarding the health & welfare of our animals and the livelihoods of our producers. Never has it been more important that we produce food in a sustainable manner, including reducing food waste from farm to fork. By working collectively, we aim to make the UK meat industry a world-leading example of efficient and sustainable meat production and supply.

'The UK meat industry is collectively working towards a joint vision of improved resource efficiency from farm to fork.  We aim to make the UK meat industry a world-leading example of efficient and sustainable meat production and supply. We will achieve this by:

  • Playing our part as a supply chain to help deliver productivity improvements, GHG emissions reductions and protection of natural assets (e.g. soil, water) during livestock (cattle, sheep, pigs) and poultry rearing;
  • Sourcing soya for use in feed that is cultivated in a way that protects against conversion of forests and valuable native vegetation;
  • Large meat processors, retailers, and hospitality and food service businesses continuing to take action to reduce their own operational food waste, GHG emissions and water impacts; and
  • Helping to halve the amount of meat thrown away at home.

‘Specific actions and progress indicators at each stage are included within this document.

‘Together these actions will make a significant contribution to the UK food and drink sector achieving the ambitious targets set out in the Courtauld Commitment 2025 and UN Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 to halve per capita food waste by 2030. They will also make an important contribution to the UK’s target to bring all GHG emissions to net zero by 2050.'

‘Together the UK meat industry also has ambitions to develop a GHG emission reduction target aligned with what climate science says is necessary to help limit warming to 1.5◦C.’

Related links

Love Food Hate Waste

Food Waste Reduction Roadmap

Courtauld 2025

Champions 12.3