The Roadmap has brought together the whole UK dairy supply chain - farmers, food manufacturers and retailers -to agree a broad programme with hard, time-bound environmental sustainability targets.
The beverage carton industry, through ACE UK, is a member of the Dairy Roadmap Taskforce, and has set its own new target. In welcoming the report, Richard Hands, Chief Executive of ACE UK, comments: "Our new Roadmap target is to ensure that, by 2015, at least 80% of dairy carton packages carry the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) label, demonstrating that the fibre used to make the package has been sourced from responsibly-managed forests.
"We are happy to sign up to this commitment, alongside the ultimate aim of having 100% of carton packages in dairy carrying the FSC label by 2020. We will be working closely with our customers and the retailers to achieve this.
"The sustainable use of renewable resources has a vital part to play in reducing carbon in the supply chain and, in the case of forests, providing habitat and improving biodiversity. The FSC logo on the package is the hallmark of responsible forest management and traceability, giving assurance that the highest environmental standards are being applied."
*The report is available from: www.dairyroadmap.com