Reducing the environmental impact of the dairy industry

Dairy products provide essential nutrients and livelihoods for many around the world1. However, the dairy industry is also a considerable user of land, water, and energy, generating 2.7% of global greenhouse gas emissions2

We support the transition towards sustainable dairy3 practices where the aim is to reduce the environmental footprint associated with dairy processing, while also supporting smallholder farmers’ productivity, profitability, and livelihoods.

Our targets towards 2030

We have set measurable targets tied to our pathways, that iterate our role in food systems transformation to accelerate change.

How can the dairy sector participate in the food systems transition?

We have collaborated with EY-Parthenon on a a series of white papers that explore the opportunities, key enablers and critical success factors for a preferred future by 2040, and outline global focus areas and collective actions to accelerate the transition.

Actions & solutions

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Driving efficiencies in dairy processing

The UHT 2.0 Heating Portfolio, using OneStep technology, reduces water and energy consumption and helps reduce carbon emissions when compared to a Tetra Pak conventional UHT milk production line.

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Supporting farmers through Dairy Hub projects

Through Dairy Hub projects, we support our customers, together with global and local stakeholders, to improve smallholder farmers’ productivity, profitability, and livelihoods. Since 2011, we have supported 22 Dairy Hub projects involving more than 67,000 dairy farmers.

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Innovating for New Food sources4

Together with innovative startups, academia and food industry players, we are leveraging cutting-edge techniques and technologies to explore and bring to market New Food sources.

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Reducing food loss and waste

We develop high-performance food processing solutions to minimise food loss and create food packaging solutions that enables a long shelf life and help reduce food waste.

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Scaling access to safe nutrition through sustainable food packaging7

We continue to develop and promote sustainable food packaging solutions that minimise environmental impact, preserve food quality and improve access to safe food.

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New FAO report assesses dairy greenhouse gas emissions

Definition: Sustainable dairy is defined as a dairy industry that emits less greenhouse emissions by introducing technologies, equipment and best practices in production and processing to safeguard nutrition security and sustain a billion livelihoods for tomorrow, while helping secure a future for us all. Read more at Global Dairy platform

New Food sources is a term broadly referring to any food ingredient that lacks an established history of human consumption, or ingredients made from innovative new processes. Also referred to as “novel foods”. Precise legal definitions vary from region to region.