The food and beverage industry is grappling with one of its most daunting and intricate challenges: how can it expedite its transition to net zero and capitalize on the potential economic benefits and opportunities?
With the global food and drink sector responsible for approximately one-third of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, it represents one of the most significant contributors to climate change.
In Scotland, the industry accounts for over 20% of carbon emissions, and while it is not solely accountable for achieving net zero, it is poised to play a critical role.
As food and beverage companies nationwide strive to address their environmental impact and fulfill the increasing demands of consumers, the economic implications loom large.
The primary challenge is that the food and drink industry has yet to make sufficient progress and is considerably lacking the necessary investment, leaving it playing catch-up. “Everyone along the entire supply chain must play their part – whether you’re a producer, supplier, retailer, or consumer – as no one is exempt,” stated Iain Clunie, Net Zero Program Director for the Food and Drink Federation Scotland.