UK Dairy Roadmap unveils net zero climate ambition

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The climate ambition paper commits the sector to a range of evidence led targets and sets out a delivery program.
The climate ambition paper commits the sector to a range of evidence led targets and sets out a delivery program.

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The UK Dairy Roadmap initiative has launched its climate ambition for the dairy sector.

‘The Dairy Roadmap Climate Ambition: Supporting UK Net-Zero’ sets out the dairy industry’s support for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and limiting global warming, and will set a minimum standard for improvement across the entire industry.

The climate ambition paper commits the sector to a range of evidence led targets and sets out a delivery program.

Specifically, the climate ambition paper sets plans to reach net zero carbon by 2050; and ‘maintain positive actions’ which reduce climate warming caused by methane and nitrous oxides.

Paul Flanagan, dairy sector director at AHDB, said, “The strength of the Dairy Roadmap is in the span of people and organizations working towards common goals. Our working groups include farmers, processors, retailers, data companies, academics and trade associations. We’ve already made big strides in reducing the environmental footprint of the entire dairy supply chain and we must not be shy about telling that story. However, the opportunities for more sharing of best practice and innovations are huge, and we can accelerate these through collaborations like the Dairy Roadmap.”

Dr Judith Bryans, chief executive of Dairy UK, said, “We’re incredibly proud to be launching our Net Zero climate ambition today. This work builds upon the many commitments and efforts our processors and farmers have already made, and brings the sector together to move forward as one on this journey. We are dedicated and committed to the sustainability of the sector and in our drive to continually improve. Together we can rise to the challenge, and we’re excited to get going in building the sustainable dairy sector of the future.”

NFU dairy board chairman Michael Oakes said, “UK dairy farmers are already working hard to address the challenge of climate change, and we are now committing to do even more. We are engaged in initiatives to reduce the carbon footprint of dairy, such as improving productivity, efficient use of nutrients and incorporating renewable and bioenergy systems on farm via solar panels and anaerobic digesters.

“The Dairy Roadmap climate ambition will encourage dairy producers and processors to work together to achieve a common goal, while demonstrating that we can produce climate friendly food to our consumers. Our commitment to science-based targets and a recognition of the role of methane is an important step in cementing the sustainability of dairy for the long term.”

The ambition paper also outlines other commitments, which include: A commitment to dual accounting and reporting of carbon footprints using both GWP100 and GWP; calculating an updated overall carbon footprint for UK Dairy GHG footprint for UK dairy; and developing best practice and guidance on how to reduce emissions at the farm level.

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