The global dairy industry has thrown its support behind a plan to reduce the sector’s carbon emissions as part of the goal to combat climate change.

Seven organisations representing the world’s largest dairy associations and companies signed the agreement today (24 September) at the International Dairy Federation’s World dairy Summit in Berlin.

According to the IDF, the dairy industry is focused on producing “nutritious foor for today and for future generations in a sustainable way”.

As well as highlighting the industry’s commitment to sustainability goals, the agreement – dubbed Global Dairy Agenda for Action -called on the “support of policy makers” to provide a “supportive regulatory policy environment”.

 “This agenda for action represents an unprecedented level of cooperation across national borders and along the dairy supply chain. The global dairy community and its partners have pooled resources, knowledge and projects to achieve a more sustainable future,” said Povl Krogsgaard, deputy managing director of Arla Foods on behalf of Global Dairy Platform.

“From production of feed for dairy cows to processing, packaging and distribution of milk, many elements contribute to the dairy industry’s commitment to reducing Greenhouse Gases,” Richard Doyle, president of the IDF, said.

“It makes good sense to reduce GHG emissions – it saves money and improves efficiency in production.  This initiative encourages and shares new and innovative technologies and practices for including energy efficiencies on our farms, by food manufacturers and in our warehouses.”

The agenda is a five-point commitment to develop a methodology for assessing the carbon footprint of dairy products, to promote best practices within the global dairy sector and to set up tools to facilitate the measurement and monitoring of emissions.

The agenda will also look to improve farmer understanding of agricultural emissions and opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and share information and align research efforts to develop technologies to mitigate emissions on farm and in manufacturing plants.

The declaration has being signed by Eastern and Southern African Dairy Association (ESADA); European Dairy Association (EDA); Pan-American Dairy Federation (FEPALE); Global Dairy Platform (GDP); International Dairy Federation (IDF); International Federation of Agriculture Producers (IFAP); Sustainable Agricultural Initiative Platform (SAI Platform).