Methane Emissions Still Rising from Dairy

UK - With dairy farming now accounting for 1.2 per cent of total global greenhouse gas emissions, more critical research is needed by European stakeholders to improve environmental sustainability, says a new report.
calendar icon 28 October 2008
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In findings commissioned by the European Dairy Association (EDA), methane emissions from dairy cattle were found to have increased steadily over the twentieth century ahead of global milk production levels.

According to Daily Reporter, this pattern occurred despite recent falls in the industry’s greenhouse gas output, the report claims.

As part of the report’s findings, which were compiled by independent consultancy CE Delft, researchers focused on greenhouse gas output from across three different points in the milk supply chain.

Daily Reporter says that amidst efforts by the entire dairy industry to drive both cost and environmental sustainability in their operations, life cycle assessments offer a potential means of assessing the environmental impact of producing milk.

However, DE Delft claims that attempts to compare data on how milk production at farm, cradle-to-farm-gate and prior to consumption levels impact greenhouse gas output needs revising to improve understanding of key environmental areas.

According to the report, the establishment of general standards for performing life cycle assessments of milk production can help farmers and manufacturers to improve methods of cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

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