About ACE UK

Partners & projects

ACE UK has developed mutually supportive relationships with a number of stakeholders.

These range from trade associations, such as the British Retail Consortium (BRC), British Soft Drinks Association (BSDA), Dairy UK and Food and Drink Federation (FDF), to environmental NGOs and other organisations sharing similar objectives and values. ACE UK’s current partnerships and projects include:


ACE UK has partnered with Earthwatch since 2011.

ACE UK members and their suppliers are committed to ensuring responsible forestry management practices and rigorous traceability throughout the supply chain. By partnering with Earthwatch, ACE UK aims to better understand the benefits that sustainable forest management practices can bring, particularly with regard to combating climate change and other ecological issues. Through its long-term partnership with Earthwatch, ACE UK also aims to demonstrate to suppliers and customers the environmental benefit of using wood fibre as a renewable resource.

In pursuit of these aims, in February 2013 ACE UK commissioned Earthwatch to conduct research into the carbon benefits of renewable packaging. The study aims to determine the potential carbon benefits of implementing sustainable forest management, improved production and recycling technologies in the manufacture of packaging.

Other highlights of the partnership in recent years include:

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

ACE UK and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) have joined forces to evaluate the wider environmental benefits of sustainable forest management.

Well-managed forests provide not only renewable raw materials but also a wide range of other benefits, known as “eco-system services”. These include improving biodiversity, preventing soil erosion and protecting against flooding.

In early 2013 ACE UK launched a special report with RSPB. This UK-based study provides an objective insight into forestry practices, such as clear-felling and replanting and coppicing having a positive effect on biodiversity.


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