The report shines a light on the most important environmental initiatives under way in the UK and global dairy industries. And it sees new benchmarking data published for the first time on the energy, water, packaging and waste associated with milk and dairy processors.
Overall, the picture is one of work on many fronts to reduce the dairy industry’s impact on the environment. Although the UK is leading many other dairy producing countries through initiatives such as the Milk Roadmap, carbon footprinting and emissions trading, the dairy industry recognises it has a responsibility to do more.
Dairy UK director general, Jim Begg, says: “The global spotlight will soon be on Copenhagen, where ministers will certainly discuss agriculture’s role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. We want to be sure they recognise the progress made by agriculture and by dairy in particular towards improving its environmental performance.
“Through this report, we aim to demonstrate how hard the UK dairy industry is working to address its impact, which continues to fall. We won’t shy away from our responsibilities, but it must also be clear that dairy is an efficient source of quality nutrition in a world with ever more hungry mouths to feed.”
Source: Dairy UK
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