Articles | 01 Jun 2022
Today is World Milk Day.
This year’s theme puts a spotlight on sustainability, focusing on the dairy industry’s work to accelerate climate action and its global commitment to achieve Dairy Net Zero, and educate students on the health and nutritional benefits of dairy.
On this same day, the Australian dairy is also celebrating 10 years of the Australian Dairy Sustainability Framework, the first whole industry framework for the agriculture sector worldwide.
For 10 years the Australian Dairy Sustainability Framework has been at the forefront of sustainable food production, globally, committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30% across both farm and manufacturing by 2030, relative to 2015 baseline, and supporting national and global commitments to net zero emissions.
What have we achieved?
For dairy manufacturers, greenhouse house gas (GHG) emissions intensity is measured by tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2~e) per ML of milk processed. Dairy processing contributes to scope 1 (direct) and scope 2 (indirect) GHG emissions through energy and fuel consumption, particularly from fossil fuels.
The new 2020/21 Dairy Industry Environmental Sustainability Scorecard outlines progress from dairy processors towards the 2030 targets, including a 25.5% reduction in dairy manufacturers greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity since 2010/11, equating to a 27% reduction in absolute GHG emissions.
Dairy manufacturers continually strengthen their understanding and commitment to sustainability through more targeted goals and transition plans. For example:
Sustainability is and will continue to be a fundamental commitment in both the ADPF strategic plan, and the Australian Dairy Plan.
Please read the Australian Dairy Sustainability Framework 10-year anniversary report here: https://www.dairy.com.au/sustainability/australian-dairy-sustainability-framework.
It provides insight into the evolving dairy landscape and guides how to respond to climate change.
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