Carbon neutral dairy by 2035

Finnish dairy producer Valio has set itself the goal of creating carbon neutral dairy by 2035 with a sustainable production chain.

“Our goal is to cut dairy’s carbon footprint to zero by 2035. It is a good example of our concrete sustainability actions. Instead of just compensating for emissions, we are making major changes in our production chain in order to bring the carbon footprint of dairy down to zero in the future,” says Timo Pajari, SVP, Food Solutions Sales at Valio.

The global dairy sector contributes around 4 per cent of total GHG emissions, but can add significantly more when considering the indirect issues such as land use, and agriculture as a whole can be as calculated as up to 30 per cent globally .

The company is one of the largest of its kind, with a turnover of €2bn, is reviewing its entire dairy production chain in order to reduce its carbon footprint. Initiatives include carbon farming trainings for Valio’s dairy farmers and a new grass seed mix that further improves the carbon binding ability of grasslands.

Other Valio’s climate measures include the usage of biogas to replace fossil fuels and the development of plant-based packaging, for example. The first biogas-fuelled milk collection and distribution trucks hit the road in 2019, and Valio is working towards using cow manure to produce biogas.

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