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New SBTi guidance for food businesses

Bespoke climate guidance for food, agriculture and forestry has been published by the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi).
The Forest, Land and Agriculture (FLAG) sector represents 22% of global emissions making it the largest emitter after energy. These have to be cut by 72% by 2050, according to SBTi. More than 410 companies with land-intensive operations have committed to or set climate targets through the SBTi. Almost half are publicly reporting their emissions while 38% are committed to setting net-zero targets. However, few account for land-based emissions (those from forestry and agricultural production, land use change and land management) in their targets or disclosures. 

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Welfare gap between dairy and beef cows

Which is happier – a beef cow or a dairy cow? The perception in most people’s minds is the latter but that's not the reality, according to experts from the UK, Germany, Denmark and The Netherlands. "Moral and political decision-making about dairy production may need to be revisited," they said.
The team of researchers interviewed 70 welfare experts from 23 countries and asked them to rate the welfare risks of dairy and beef cattle. Their assessment included everything from inadequate diets and disease, to pain resulting from management and their inability to move freely or perform natural social behaviours.

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Pandemic causes pause on school milk provision

Wales leads the way on school and nursery milk provision for children in the UK, according to new research that also found that covid-19 continues to have a negative impact – millions of children are still missing out on free or subsidised milk in schools and nurseries following the pandemic.  The research, from the School…
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2022 Waste2Zero Finalists Announced

With waste remaining a constant focus of the out of home food and drink sector, as awards season at Footprint continues, we are delighted to announce that, with another year of strong entries to the waste2zero awards, the following organisations are in the running to pick up a trophy recognising excellence in waste management and waste…
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Energy scheme provides short-term relief for foodservice firms

The UK government has introduced an energy bill relief scheme that will provide a discount on wholesale gas and electricity prices for all non-domestic customers whose current gas and electricity prices have been significantly inflated in light of global energy prices. UKHospitality CEO Kate Nicholls said she was “relieved” to hear the news. “We particularly welcome its inclusiveness…
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Campaigners react to obesity plan review

Leading health charities have urged the government to reconsider any plans to weaken or reverse policies that will help tackle obesity. Rumours that the government could scrap its entire obesity strategy have intensified following reports last week that ministers had ordered an official review of measures designed to deter people from eating HFSS (high in fat, sugar and…
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The Friday Digest: Royal respects and regulatory reversals

In a week dominated by tributes to Queen Elizabeth II and reflections on the life of the UK’s longest serving monarch, normal business – both politically and commercially – has been suspended ahead of the state funeral on Monday. Among the events postponed were the WRAP-led Recycle Week and the launch of UKHospitality’s sustainability strategy.…
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Coalition to close the loop on compostables

A new coalition plans to close the loop for compostable packaging by exploring the practicality of collecting and treating it via existing bio-waste collection and treatment routes. The 10-partner coalition of industry, academia and infrastructure associations has received £1.2m in funding from UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) flagship £60m Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging (SSPP) Challenge.…
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EU law a ‘big step’ towards tackling deforestation

Campaigners have welcomed a vote from the European Parliament in favour of a strong new anti-deforestation law. Greenpeace EU said the vote, which would ban products like palm oil and soya linked to the destruction of forests and human rights violations, was a “big step” towards breaking this link.  MEPs voted in favour of a…
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