Methodology Released to Compare Environmental Impact of Dairy Foods

EU – A framework to gauge the environmental impact of Europe’s dairy sector will be rolling out across the industry, the European Dairy Association (EDA) has announced.
calendar icon 10 July 2014
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The Dairy Environmental Footprint Pilot (Dairy PEF), expected to give footprints on dairy products by mid-2016, aims to guide the industry on the ecological impact of different dairy foods.

Designed to be tested ‘on the ground’ , the Dairy PEF has been driven by some of the world’s biggest dairy names, including Danone, Fonterra, the International Dairy Federation and the Institut de l’Elevage.

EDA secretary general Alexander Anton said: “EDA welcomes the decision of the Commission to pursue this dairy project and so now engages in a new step of sustainability efforts, to ensure that the dairy industry maintains a leading position in the future.”

Released last week, the framework of the pilot is given by the European Commission’s DG Environment initiative of a “Single Market for Green Products”.

A pilot phase of three years was launched in 2013 for non-food products and now in 2014 for 11 food and drink pilots.

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