SWITZERLAND – Tetra Pak, a world leader in food packaging and processing, is doubling down on its efforts to decarbonize the dairy industry which is one of the biggest contributors of agriculture-related greenhouse gases. 

The Switzerland based manufacturer has initiated the Dairy Processing Task Force to bring in figures from across the dairy sector to improve approaches to decarbonisation within dairy processing.  

 According to Tetra Pak, The Dairy Processing Task Force will pre-competitively explore the innovative systems and technologies needed to further drive down greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across dairy production systems and regions.  

In many parts of the world, dairy serves as a major source of nutrition, and with the global population set to hit 10 billion in 2050, its role in global food systems is vital.  

However, there is an urgent need to mitigate its environmental impact. At present, dairy accounts for 2.7% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, according to Tetra Pak.  

As such, the Task Force will look specifically at what can be done to further lower emissions without compromising outputs or nutritional value, safeguarding dairy’s role in safe and resilient food systems. 

Charles Brand, Executive Vice President for Processing Solutions & Equipment, Tetra Pak says: “Dairy plays a vital role in contributing to livelihoods, food security and nutrition, yet sits within a food system that is not sustainable in the long run.  

At Tetra Pak, enabling the transition to sustainable dairy is a key pathway in our sustainable food systems strategy.” 

Tetra Pak says it will lead discussions with pivotal players in the dairy sector to drive the latest advances in processing technology and share best practices across the industry.  

The company is confident that new innovations and technologies have the potential to reduce energy and water consumption, as well as food waste, in dairy production. 

 The core deliverables of the Dairy Processing Task Force will be developed as members join, in an effort to maximise the potential value of each member’s contribution.  

However, the Task Force’s broad goals include measure and mitigate GHG emissions in dairy processing, Create and share best practices to reduce GHG emissions and Identify and implement credible reduction solutions.  

The Task Force also targets to establish industry standard sustainability guidelines and reporting frameworks to encourage consistency and joint purpose 

“We encourage other leading members of the dairy value chain to join us on this journey. Together, we can accelerate real climate change action across the dairy sector,” Brand added. 

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