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Customers of our electron beam services in food production will know all about the pressures being exerted on the industry, but a new report is calling for even more to be done by both manufacturers and consumers to help reduce the UK’s carbon footprint according to Edie.

The Livewell report, put forward from WWF, has called upon the UK government to reduce impact on global warming by asking for a reduction of carbon emission caused by food production by 30 per cent by 2030. Part of their plan to achieve this is a huge push in trying to campaign and advertise healthier eating of more fresh fruit and vegetables, alongside creating a stronger communication between retailers and farmers providing the produce.

They would like emphasis on more plant based food diets, trying to implement less meat, salt and sugar intake, as well as trying to minimise the food waste which has a strong impact towards global warming. Meat currently has the biggest carbon footprint of any food group in UK diets.

Andrew Stephen, chief executive of the Sustainable Restaurant Association, commented on the report on the responsibility of the industry to help promote plant-based diets: “Being responsible for half of the UK’s spending on food, restaurants and the wider hospitality sector have the power to make a hugely positive impact on the health of the nation and the environment,” he said.

With an increased number of people now vegetarian, vegan and a growing interest in people willing to occasionally eat plant based dishes (they call themselves flexitarian), there are a greater number of restaurants and food establishments being more flexible with the options on their menu’ for customers to choose from.

The number of restaurants adding more plant based options and adopt a change to more plant based dishes is expected to increase by 10 per cent over the next year.
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The Kraken project, which is located approximately 80 miles off the coast of Shetland in Scotland, has delivered its first oil this month.

Operator EnQuest confirmed that it had delivered the first oil from the project on 23 June in the first phase of production on the site.

So far 13 wells have been drilled, seven of which are producers and six of which are injectors. The company explained that it would be bringing these on stream in a phased process to help maximise the field’s production during its lifetime.

Richard Hall, head of major projects at EnQuest, revealed that the first oil from Kraken was delivered under budget, which he described as a “great testament” to the company’s abilities. “I am extremely proud of the EnQuest Kraken team for their dedication, vision and sheer hard work,” he added.

Drill centres one and two are now fully complete and work is continuing on drill centre three. The aim is to continue to increase production capacity through to 2018.

Chief executive of the UK Oil & Gas Authority Dr Andy Samuel said that the Kraken field “has the potential to open up additional heavy oil opportunities in the Northern North Sea”. Others in the industry are no doubt going to be watching future developments with interest.

Earlier this month, the BBC reported on the Oil and Gas Technology Centre, a not-for-profit organisation that is set to invest £1.6 million in oil and gas projects in the North Sea. So far the three projects selected for funding are aimed at reducing the cost of maintaining and inspecting offshore infrastructure.

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