Being part of the climate solution
Setting bold targets
As you’d expect, when it comes to dealing with the climate emergency, we have set bold targets.
Dairy is in the spotlight as a contributor to climate change, but we believe that dairy done right can be part of the climate solution, whilst also providing a great source of tasty, nutritious and affordable food.
We are committed to achieving net zero by 2040 at the latest, with a target to reduce our carbon footprint at farm level by 50% by 2030 and achieve net zero in transport and processing by 2035.
We aim to sequester 100,000t of CO2e per annum on members’ farms by 2025 and are focused on utilising renewable sources of energy in our processing sites by 2030.
We are very conscious that many of our customers have developed carbon net zero targets and are asking us about our approach. After all, our emissions are their Scope 3 emissions.
Working collaboratively is in our nature and we are always working with our customers to ensure that our shared supply chain enriches the lives of others and takes action to ensure a positive future for all.
A great example of this is our collaboration with long-term customer, Nestlé, as part of their Milk Plan. They’ve made a global commitment to reduce their carbon footprint to net zero by 2050 (and deliver a 50% reduction by 2030), and we are working closely with them, and our farmer members who form the Nestlé milk pool, on new approaches around renewable energy, waste, and carbon storage in soils via regenerative agriculture.
Regenerative agriculture programme
Our overall approach to tackling carbon emissions is far-reaching across our business, with our regenerative agriculture programme helping our farmers to work towards net zero.
A far-reaching approach
We are also working closely with our transport partners on innovations that will decarbonise milk and cheese haulage.
Of course, we also have significant energy use, and subsequent carbon emissions, from our creameries. We are investing in more energy efficient processes and equipment and are seeking renewable energy options for the longer term.
Doing the right thing
Like every business, there is lots to do in this area, and we don’t yet have all the answers. But we are confident that by constantly striving to do the right thing, we can leave the world a better place. Dairy as a force for good – regenerating the earth every day.