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Carbon Footprint Methodology For Dairy Sector

05 November 2010

US - The International Dairy Federation (IDF) has published ‘A Common Carbon Footprint Approach for Dairy – The IDF Guide to Standard Lifecycle Assessment Methodology for the Dairy Sector’.

All sectors are being challenged to quantify and reduce their carbon footprints, or emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs), and businesses in agriculture and food production are no exception.

This new methodology is part of the dairy sector’s action agenda on climate change.

The methodology is based on the best available science and current international standards, will allow stakeholders in the dairy sector worldwide to produce consistent and comparable data on their carbon footprint. Such robust measurement will enable effective management and reduction of GHG emissions within the sector.

Commenting on the new Guide, Richard Doyle, IDF President said: “I am very pleased with the leadership role IDF is playing in addressing the environmental challenges facing the dairy industry. The publication by IDF of a new Life Cycle Analysis methodology for dairy products will, I hope, impact on everyone in the dairy industry and every dairy company around the world. This methodology will enable stakeholders to set comparable benchmarks for measuring the carbon footprint of their dairy products.”

“IDF has been active in putting environmental issues at the top of its priorities. In 2008, we developed a strategic plan focusing on the environment and identified the need to undertake further work in this specific area. These achievements are concrete outcomes of that decision,” he continued. “This is a major effort that will continue for many years to come, and I encourage everyone in the industry to adopt and use the new Guide.”

The Guide has been developed under the leadership of the IDF Standing Committee on Environment (SCENV) in close collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform (SAI Platform).

Sophie Bertrand led the IDF Action Team that developed the Guidelines. “The development process was very reassuring involving both scientists and practitioners from many key organizations,” says Sophie. “There is an impressive quantity of work behind the Guide. We had over a year of exchange, of writing articles, of phone calls, and this makes the Guide really robust. Everybody involved was really collaborative and very motivated.”

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