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Symposium: dairy sector’s steps to understand and address carbon footprint

24.09.2019

Symposium: dairy sector’s steps to understand and address carbon footprint

The second annual EU Sustainable Dairy Symposium took place on Monday 30th September at CAFRE College, Greenmount, with this year’s theme focusing on Carbon Footprint.The Symposium was hosted by the Dairy Council for Northern Ireland in conjunction with the European Milk Forum as part of their EU Sustainable Dairy Programme, with 100 delegates in attendance.The keynote speakers were Brian Lindsay, Sustainability Sector Lead for the Global Dairy Platform, and Dr Adam Drewnowski, Professor of Epidemiology and the Director of the Center of Public Health Nutrition at the School of Public Health, University of Washington.Since 1990, the Northern Ireland dairy sector has reduced fuel and electricity emissions by around 70%, manure emissions by some 27% and enteric fermentation emissions by 30%, with a 50% increase in milk production in the same period.The dairy sector is making great strides in reducing carbon footprint at the national and international level. The role of Northern Ireland’s grasslands in carbon capture, on farm emissions mitigation measures, the use of renewable energy sources, grassland management, and fertility management focusing on breeding more efficient cows with higher milk yields, all contribute to lowering carbon footprint.Brian Lindsay of the Global Dairy Platform commended the Northern Ireland dairy audience on its sustainability efforts to date and provided further context for where the sector can go next,

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