The food and drink industry uses significant amounts of energy throughout its supply chain. It is required for various processes involved in food production, growing, processing, packaging, warehouse storage and distribution.
The food and drink industry is increasingly adopting sustainable practices and switching to eco-technologies to reduce energy consumption and environmental impact. This includes investing in renewable energy sources, optimising production processes and de-carbonising heat to minimise energy waste, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions throughout the supply chain to meet net zero targets.
Agricultural activities such as land preparation, irrigation, planting, and harvesting use large amounts of energy. Machinery powered by fossil fuels, such as tractors and combines, are commonly used in modern agriculture. Energy is also required for operating irrigation systems, powering greenhouses, and maintaining optimal conditions for livestock farming. An area where an more carbon friendly alternatives can be considered is the heating and chilling of spaces and produce.