December 6, 2023
Global dairy giants unite to tackle methane emissions in supply chains
Major global dairy companies, including Nestle, Danone, the Bel Group, General Mills, Kraft Heinz, and Lactalis USA, have partnered with the non-profit Environmental Defence Fund (EDF) to introduce the Dairy Methane Action Alliance (DMAA), which aims to drive accountability and transparency in methane emissions within dairy supply chains, Agriland reported.
The six industry leaders, collectively representing over US$200 billion in revenue, pledged at the 28th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP28) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to annually account and publicly disclose methane emissions within their dairy supply chains.
Additionally, they committed to developing and implementing comprehensive methane action plans. According to the EDF, this alliance sets a new standard for accountability, transparency, and ambitious climate action within the food industry.
Fred Krupp, president of the EDF, called on all companies in the global dairy supply chain to join forces with the DMAA co-founders and expedite a global shift toward climate-smart dairy practices. Krupp emphasised the importance of transforming food production methods to stabilize the climate while supporting farmers in adapting to climate change challenges.
Henri Bruxelles, chief sustainability and strategic business development officer at Danone, announced the global food group's commitment to reducing methane emissions from fresh milk by 30% by 2030. Bruxelles expressed enthusiasm about being a co-founding member of the alliance, emphasising its potential to collectively address climate change challenges, enhance livelihoods, build resilience, and provide nutritious food.
Antonia Wanner, global head of environmental, social, and corporate governance operations and deployment at Nestlé, highlighted the Swiss group's ongoing collaboration with farmers and suppliers to identify practical and affordable measures for immediate action.