The Dairy Industry
Milk from 1.81 million cows looked after by over 50,000
farmers and farm workers is made into nutritious dairy
products by 26,000 people working at British dairy
manufacturing sites and sold to British consumers
through 85,720 retail shops and 262,000 foodservice
outlets and enjoyed by millions in Britain and around the
world to deliver a total value of£9.81 billion in annual
Dairy Industry Roadmap
►This was the first of 10 projects being
coordinated by Defra, and applies to the
entire liquid milk supply chain, from farm to
►Dairy processors, farmers and retailers in the
UK developed a ‘roadmap’ of environmental
improvements with the government.
Farm Targets 2010
► 50% of dairy managed farmland entered into
Environmental Stewardship Schemes
► 5-15% uptake of water use efficiency measures
► 65% of dairy farmers actively nutrient planning
► 95% of dairy farmers have a manure management plan
► 95% of dairy farmers have Farm Health Plans
► 30 dairy farms piloting on-farm anaerobic digestion
► 100% of dairy farmers, through DairyCo, supporting
research into new technologies
Processor 2010 targets
► A minimum of 10% recycled plastic in milk
► All processors will meet or beat energy and
CO2 reductions of the sector Climate
Change Agreement
► Dairy UK will operate an environmental
benchmarking and best practice
performance programme.
► Publish an annual sustainability report
providing evidence of progress towards
Retail Targets 2010
► All major multiple retailers should establish positive, direct (where
appropriate)relationships with dairy farmers and processors
► All major retailers should recognise the work of the Roadmap and,
where possible, incorporate targets within their own Corporate
Responsibility targets, covering points such as greenhouse gas
emissions, reductions in energy and water use and reduction in
waste going to landfill
► All major retailers should consider the use of technological
interventions to reduce CO2 emissions associated with the
transport of liquid milk
► Retailers should support supply chain delivery of environmental
2015 Targets - Farmers
► Nutrient management by 90% of
► 65% of dairy-managed farmland in
► More than 20% of producers trialling
technology to reduce cattle emissions
► Reduced occurrence of on farm
pollution incidents
► Dairy Farmers to be encouraged to
calculate carbon footprint
2015 Targets - Processors
► 30% addition rates of recycled material in plastic milk bottles
► Large liquid milk processors to have an Environmental
Management System
► Remove all HCFC’s at large processors
► All processors to meet or beat energy and CO2 reduction of
► 20% reduction of COD in primary discharge
► 20% reduction in water use
► Zero waste to landfill where environmentally advantageous
► 3 Anaerobic digesters at processing sites
2015 Targets - retailers
►Retailers to look to reduce
emissions from existing stores
►Retailers to increase the
amount of recyclate used and
encourage recyclability in
2020 Targets
►General improvement across the whole
range already stated with emphasis on
renewable energy and all new build or
new equipment to be resource efficient.
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