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practices and demonstrate the industry's
commitment to continuous improvement. This
handbook and its metrics are now widely used
through the US Dairy Stewardship Commitment
and is currently adopted by 75% of the US milk
supply cooperatives and processors that have
adopted the Stewardship Commitment.
" Dairy processors are pursuing a range of
strategies to increase energy efficiency, reduce
water withdrawal and deliver significant GHG
reductions and cost savings, " Scanlon said.
Scanlon cited Denver-based Leprino
Foods' sustainability projects at its Greeley,
Colo., facility, including the installation of a
water reclamation and purification system
that maximizes efficient use, allowing 600,000
gallons of clean water returned to the local river
daily. The company also installed a $22 million
combined heat and power system that generates
12 megawatts of electricity, increasing the
plant's energy efficiency and lowering costs.
" Processors - whether as a cooperative
with farmer members, or a processor that has
procurement relationships with farmers - have
an opportunity to support and collaborate along
the dairy supply chain to help farms achieve
GHG reductions through the Net Zero Initiative, "
Scanlon said. " One of the biggest challenges is
ensuring the economics of a project also makes
good business sense and the pace at which
companies are prepared and able to implement
capital intensive infrastructure changes is in line
with the economics. "
The costs associated with US Dairy's Net
Zero Initiative, and ultimately reaching the
goals, include investments in new research,
on-farm pilots and new market development to
make sustainability technology and practices
affordable, accessible and economically viable
for farms of all sizes, according to Scanlon.
To date, the program has received more than
$36 million in grants and partnerships to support
US dairy's progress toward its goals.
" Dairy farmers, the organizations that
support them and dairy processing companies
are committed to and investing in progress
toward the industry's 2050 environmental goals, "
Scanlon said. " As with any business, dairy farms
and companies determine how best to lower
their environmental footprint in an economically
Producing a
gallon of milk
now uses
19% less GHG
emissions, 21%
less land and
30% less water.
Journal of Animal
Science, 2020
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