Dairy sector reports progress on net zero climate initiative globally

Research has identified practical mitigation options suited to dairy production systems throughout the world and is estimating their impact on emission reduction to 2050

The dairy sector has announced progress of its global Pathways to Dairy Net Zero (P2DNZ) climate initiative, which was launched last year. The ground-breaking effort is achieving positive results in many regions and accelerating action in others, according to speakers at a COP27 side event, “The Global Dairy Sector’s Climate Ambition and Progress Towards Achievement of the Paris Agreement.”

P2DNZ is backed by more than 140 leading organisations and governments, including the 10 largest dairy companies in the world. Collectively, supporters represent more than 40% of global dairy production throughout the supply chain, making it one of the largest initiatives of its kind in agriculture.

Research commissioned as part of P2DNZ has identified six primary dairy production systems- High-input, high-output; Medium-scale specialised; Pasture-fed; Smallholder specialised; Smallholder dual-purpose; and Pastoral and agropastoral- throughout the world, along with potential mitigation options and their estimated impact on emissions reduction. The research is led by the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA) in close collaboration with the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

Dairy companies around the world are reducing their impacts on the environment by improving farming and production practices and developing new technologies.

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