The dairy industry is stepping up its commitment to reduce water use, with Dairy UK now an official partner to the Federation House Commitment.

The commitment, which is voluntary, requires food and drink companies to reduce their water use by 20% by 2020. Signatories have to develop water reduction plans and submit data on their progress every year, and are given access to experts.

Dairy UK said its members Arla, Dairy Crest, Müller UK, First Milk and BV Dairy had all signed up to the FHC agreement.

Dairy UK is the fifth organisation to become a partner in the FHC, following Defra, Wrap, the Environment Agency and the Food and Drink Federation.

Director general Jim Begg said the dairy industry took its environmental responsibilities seriously and water use was a key priority. “This partnership demonstrates our industry’s commitment to reducing its water consumption and will build upon and complement the water reduction targets already set by the industry’s own Dairy Roadmap.”

Wrap director Richard Swannell said he was delighted to welcome Dairy UK as an official partner. “This will help to reduce water consumption further, saving businesses money and helping conserve an important natural resource,” he added.