The Global Dairy platform is an initiative that has been set up to create a global farming framework and network to encourage sustainability and make it more accessible to farms around the world. Established in 2014, the farming industry was in desperate need of a framework that could check sustainability practices and ensure that farms were not depleting land and resources. Seven years later they have joined the United Nations Climate Change Conference to encourage climate commitments and highlight the progress that has been made in the field of sustainability.
Through research and development, they have determined that there is 30% less greenhouse gas emissions despite the growing need for dairy. The efficiency improvements that have been put in place have resulted in 11% less greenhouse gas emissions per glass of milk produced. Their initiative is actively and considerably making improvements.
Dairy Net Zero
One of the initiatives established by the Global Dairy Platform is Dairy Net Zero. It is aimed at accelerating climate change action and reducing the impact farms have on the planet. The plan is to reduce dairy emissions over the next 30 years and get to a point where the dairy industry is not contributing to the effects of climate change at all.
The initiative is intended to be accessible to farms and farmers across the world with the end goal being to get all dairies to function at net zero emissions. The plan is to do this by optimising productivity, reducing emissions, investing in technological advancements, and making the movement accessible to all.
Pathways to Dairy Net Zero
The idea is to start a global community of dairies and farmers in order to enact meaningful climate change measures. The Dairy Net Zero initiative will require commitments from each nation and their farms in order to begin the process. Once commitment has been pledged, we need to gear up and create tools and methodologies for ensuring the development of sustainability practices globally.
It is also important to highlight these changes and show the world outside of the dairy industry how our actions are helping to reduce total greehouse gas emissions. These systems must be shareable and accessible. Gate-keeping climate change is not an option and the Global Dairy Platform understands this.
Mr. Qu Dongyu, the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations said that:
“The dairy sector plays a critical role in sustainable food systems and can contribute directly and indirectly to all the sustainable development goals.”
The dairy industry has more influence than we think. If we can spearhead this change, other industries will be able to learn and grow from our example.
At Dairy Group, sustainability is at the heart of our practice. We want to make sustainability possible for all dairy farms in South Africa and with this mission and goal ahead of us, we know we can be valuable players in the fight against climate change.