Climate Change and the Global Dairy Sector
New analysis undertaken by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reports a reduction of GHG emissions per liter of milk produced in all regions of the world. Because total production increased, absolute emissions also rose in most regions, but independent studies by the FAO help identify where the dairy sector can focus to enhance continuous improvement. Through the work of initiatives such as the Dairy Sustainability Framework (DSF), which is funded by GDP, the sector is committed to continuously seek ways to reduce GHG emissions from their farms & businesses by all economically viable means.
All dairy regions have improved through increased productivity per animal, increasing farm management efficiency and increased feed efficiency.
There is a clear case for immediate and more ambitious action. Dairy farmers are already part of the solution to limit climate change, but there is an urgent need to accelerate and intensify the sector’s response to avoid climate tipping points. While new research and technologies will continue to be developed, many mitigation options are already available and their adoption can be accelerated. Further delaying adoption will result in a greater amount of emissions overall, given that CO2 emissions accumulate in the atmosphere for hundreds to thousands of years. Even with implementation of best practice and technologies, it is likely that some residual emissions will remain in the future. The dairy industry will therefore need to also consider how these residual emissions will be offset. Achieving substantial net reductions in GHG emissions from the dairy sector will require action in the three broad areas of
The Dairy Sector – A Snapshot
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Important Dates for the Dairy Diary
Enjoy Dairy Rally
World Milk Day
NOURISH CEO Event, Chicago
September 9 – 12
Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock, Manhattan, Kansas
GDP Annual Meeting, Istanbul
Dairy Sustainability Framework Meeting, Istanbul