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FrieslandCampina-Danone Collaboration Leads To 17% GHG Reduction

A three-year collaboration between dairy producers FrieslandCampina and Danone has led to a 17% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

This reduction has been realised through FrieslandCampina’s dairy farmers implementing sustainable practices and green-energy projects.

FrieslandCampina And Danone Collaboration

The collaboration relates to dairy ingredients specifically provided to Danone by FrieslandCampina.

The dairy cooperative used the Annual Nutrient Cycling Assessment to track progress resulting from the sustainable farming practices.

This extensive monitoring tool is used by almost 10,000 member dairy farms and gives farm-specific insights, such as the size of one’s carbon footprint.

Simone Boitelle, director of global corporate affairs, FrieslandCampina, said, “For over 150 years already, FrieslandCampina believes in cooperation to achieve great results, and this collaboration is yet another great example.

“Supporting farmers to produce milk in balance with nature is the key to a more sustainable, climate-neutral and nature-positive future. I am very proud of our member farmers, who make this possible. They deserve the stage for these strong results!”

Yann-Gaël Rio, Danone’s global vice-president for nature and agriculture, added, “Sustainable dairy farming is a key priority in Danone’s journey to achieving net-zero emissions.

“This partnership demonstrates that, by combining our expertise, we can accelerate the adoption of regenerative agriculture practices to help reduce the climate impact of dairy farming. While this is a great step, there is more to be done, and we are looking forward to supporting more farmers in their transition by extending this partnership for an additional three years.”

Measures To Reduce Emissions

Depending on the nature of their farms, dairy farmers can take different measures to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

These include, among others, harvesting more protein from their own farmland (to reduce the sourcing of feed from far away) and optimising the diet of cows, to ensure animal health and welfare while reducing enteric methane emissions.

The positive results from this partnership encouraged Danone and FrieslandCampina to extend the collaboration for another three years.

The two companies will continue their combined efforts with the goal of reducing GHG emissions resulting from the production of ingredients sourced from FrieslandCampina by over 7%.

If successful, it would result in an almost 25% GHG emission reduction over the course of the multi-year collaboration.

 © 2022 European Supermarket Magazine. Article by Conor Farrelly. For more fresh-produce news, click here. Click subscribe to sign up to ESM: European Supermarket Magazine.

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