SUPPLIERS’ body Scotland Food & Drink has launched what it describes as the first industry-wide environmental strategy for firms engaged in the sector.
The Environmental Ambition strategy was unveiled at Edinburgh Castle earlier this month and aims to help the industry meet its target of £12.5 billion in sustainable economic growth by 2017.
According to Scotland Food & Drink, the industry is well placed to beat this target, with sustainable economic growth already having reached a value of £12.4bn.
The strategy focuses on five key areas: efficient use of resources, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, waste efficiency, reducing the impact of transport, and making businesses more resilient to climate change.
“A commitment to sustainability is the mark of a progressive industry and this is the first collaborative strategy with the input of all food and drink sectors,” said Scotland Food & Drink chief executive James Withers.
“Being sustainable means two things for the industry: a significant and growing contribution to the Scottish economy and responsible stewardship of our environment to the benefit of our reputation and growth.
“As a land of food and drink, Scotland has some of the best natural produce in the world.
“Our growing list of customers know that Scottish produce represents quality derived from an environment boasting beautiful unspoilt landscapes, clean air and pure water.
“By continuing to protect our natural heritage, we underpin our future economic success.”
Backing the launch, Scottish rural affairs and environment minister Richard Lochhead said Scotland’s natura resources need to be managed “carefully” and protected.
Image – Richard Lochhead, second right, at the launch with (from left) Iain Gulland (Zero Waste Scotland), James Withers and Gavin Hewitt of the Scotch Whisky Association.