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Dairy Processors 8 Per Cent Greener

25 November 2014

UK – Dairy processing is becoming more environmentally friendly, a report looking at the last six years shows.

The UK’s dairy sector has made “significant environmental strides”, seeing an 8 per cent increase in energy efficiency since 2008.

The 2014 Dairy UK Environmental Benchmarking Report stated the industry is on track to meet Climate Change Agreements and Dairy Roadmap 2020 targets.

This would require efficiency rises of 13.6 and 15 per cent respectively.

Waste management progress was highlighted. Processors reduced by 74 per cent waste sent to landfill and demonstrated a 176 per cent increase in the amount of waste recycled or recovered per tonne of milk output.

Joanna Stewart, Environmental Manager of Dairy UK, said the report sends a “positive message”.

She added: “The tool is a valuable resource for processors to track their performance and identify areas for improvement.

“These results show that the UK dairy processing sector is on track to meet its Dairy Roadmap targets and processors will continue to make every effort to reach the next step.”

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