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Sustainability doesn’t ‘take the biscuit’ for United

2011 saw a year of record breaking performance towards United Biscuits’ (UB) environmental sustainability goals, such as achieving zero waste to landfill across all of its manufacturing sites; reducing water use by 12% and reducing group-wide carbon emissions by 6%.

UB’s environmental sustainability targets were published four years ago and an annual report of progress is published each year. The highlights of the latest report include:

_ Group-wide energy use reduced by a third since 1995. During 2011 UB reduced its factory carbon emissions by 8% per tonne of manufactured product

_ All UB sites now send zero waste to landfill

_ Water use has reduced by 43% since 2007

_ The carbon impact of UB’s packaging has reduced by 15% since 2003

_ UB has taken 18 million lorry miles off the roads since 2005

_ It is now using canals to transport product in Belgium

_ UB is using 100% sustainable palm oil

_ It is working with the Royal Agricultural College to develop sustainable farming standards

_ It now has 85% of its raw material and ingredient suppliers on the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (SEDEX) system

Jeff van der Eems, chair of UB’s sustainability committee, said:

“Since launching our programme in 2008, we have made significant measurable progress against all of our targets. We have now broadened our ambition on sustainability and widened the scope to include the growing and sourcing of ingredients, the main drivers of UB’s actual carbon footprint. UB’s strong work to minimise our impact on the environment is consistent with our core values and sits perfectly alongside our efforts to drive sustainability in everything we do, including our positive actions on health and nutrition, and people and the community.”

UB’s latest sustainability report sets out in detail UB’s performance against each of its sustainability commitments, the targets that have been set, and gives case study examples of how UB is achieving its targets.

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