Defra – Reducing our carbon footprint


Defra – Reducing our carbon footprint

We all have a responsibility to reduce our carbon footprint — but Defra just give us that little extra push to improve our environment.

Who are they?

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, also known as Defra, is the ministerial department in the UK and Northern Ireland which is supported by 38 agencies. Forestry Commission, The Water Services Regulation Authority, Executive Agency and Aquaculture Science are just a few examples of organisations that play a major role in striving for a sustainable, rural economy.

Defra lead the development of policies in order to enhance the Government Buying Standards, in hope that everyone purchases sustainable goods within the public sector. They also set out how the government can minimise waste by reserving certain resources, as efficient sourcing is crucial in today’s ever-growing waste society.

The Department work with business organisations and partners on a range of projects in order to develop policies and key tools. For example, they provide guidance for businesses to measure and report their greenhouse gas emissions, which are essential in encouraging sustainable consumption and production.

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How do they help our Carbon Footprint?

With regards to food production and standards, agriculture, fisheries and rural communities in the UK, Defra take responsibility for encouraging a pro-environmental behaviour. They have the ability to develop and implement policies in order to support the growth of our welfare and to protect biodiversity. Similarly, they need to develop new approaches with Brexit in mind, to sell and export more in order to “leave the environment in a better state than we found it.”

As a result, the sector has the responsibility to protect the environment. One example of this is the plan to double resource productivity and eliminate avoidable waste of all kinds (including plastic waste) by 2050. The results will help to company costs, reduce emissions and cut down on plastic waste.

Although, it goes without saying that you can reduce the environmental impact of your business by optimising the following:

  • Materials
  • Packaging
  • Delivery
  • Design
  • Marketing
  • Disposal
  • Recycling

Another example is how they have recently (11th January 2019) launched a £5m food redistribution scheme in the hope that it will slash businesses waste. The aim is to minimise food waste outputs, since they equate to nearly a quarter of all the waste in England. Applicants for the funding are required to demonstrate how the extra funding could help such businesses with long-term redistribution plans, and what impact the funding can impact their food waste footprints. With this in mind, it will protect the countryside and natural resources, so that produce can be stretched and that we can live a greener future.

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