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DAIRY EVENT: Dairy Leads Way On Carbon Footprinting

08 September 2010

UK - The dairy sector is once again leading the way with today's launch of the first UK sector specific guidance for calculating the carbon footprint of all dairy products.

Developed by experts in carbon footprinting from Dairy UK, DairyCo and the Carbon Trust in collaboration with major dairy processing companies, "Guidelines for the Carbon Footprinting of Dairy Products in the LlK" applies the methodology of PAS 2050 to ensure that the dairy sector has a common approach and can focus on reducing emissions rather than discussing the methodology.

The guidelines will be used by dairy processing companies to help them measure carbon emissions across their supply chain. As well as ensuring a consistent approach to carbon footprinting in the industry, the guidelines are designed to help those involved at every stage of production to understand the importance of carbon footprint measurement and explain how it is done in a clear and accessible way.

"Dairy companies and their farm suppliers are committed to reducing the environmental impact of dairy products in the UK and this guidance document will help the sector measure, monitor, and manage carbon out of the supply chain" said Dairy UK Environment Manager, Fergus McReynolds.

Dr Karen Wonnacott, DairyCo Research and Development Manager, added "this work builds on the dairy industry's commitment to reducing carbon in the supply chain and will aid farmers and the whole sector in achieving the challenging targets set out in the industry's Milk Roadmap."

Euan Murray, Head of Footprinting at the Carbon Trust, said: "Dairy products such as milk, cheese and yoghurt are found in the homes and shopping baskets of most LlK consumers, so by working to reduce their carbon impact we can make a real difference. Building a consistent and accurate footprint is a key step towards managing and reducing carbon emissions and we are pleased to have helped Dairy UK and DairyCo develop sector specific guidance on carbon footprinting."

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