Kerry has launched a €6 million programme to help milk suppliers in Ireland transition to more sustainable farming practices.
3,000 farms in south west Ireland will benefit from the programme, which aims to provide technical and financial aid to help them become more sustainable by reducing carbon and ammonia emissions, improving water quality and enhancing biodiversity.
In a company statement, Kerry said it was committed to providing leadership in reaching science-based climate goals while ensuring the environmental, social and economic sustainability of farms in Ireland.
Pat Murphy, CEO of Kerry’s dairy business, said: “Consumers globally want to consume food in a more sustainable way and it is important to examine how we can deliver dairy in a better way for people and the planet. Our Beyond the Horizon sustainability strategy sets out ambitious targets and our dairy business is committed to supporting our milk suppliers in the adoption of sustainable actions.
“Our milk suppliers are already amongst the most sustainable milk producers in the world and we will continue to work with them to build upon that advantage and accelerate the enhancement of biodiversity and water quality across our catchment and in reducing carbon and ammonia emissions. Our ambition is to reach over two billion people with sustainable nutrition solutions by 2030.”
He continued: “A central element of this strategy is a commitment to work with our suppliers to reduce emissions intensity by 30% across our supply chain. This dairy sustainability programme underpins our ambition to work with our milk suppliers in achieving these targets and in forging a sustainable future.”
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