Towards an energy-neutral dairy farming sector in 2030
The Sustainable Dairy Chain (Duurzame Zuivelketen) is working on reducing greenhouse gases, generating sustainable energy and reducing the use of energy. The progress of the sector will be independently monitored by Wageningen Economic Research.
In the plan Klimaatverantwoorde zuivelsector in Nederland juni 2018 [Climate-sensible dairy sector in the Netherlands June 2018] it is stated that the LTO, NMV, NAJK and the NZO see possibilities for a reduction of 1.6 Mt CO2-eq in 2030 compared to existing policy by e.g.:
- 0.8 Mt CO2-eq reduction of methane by means of measures in the areas of animal, feed, manure storage and manuring;
- 0.6 Mt CO2-eq reduction by energy saving and production of sustainable energy; and
- 0.2 Mt CO2-eq reduction by means of measures with respect to land use.
Actualisation of this will require cooperation of all parties within the dairy chain, governments, industry, retail and social organisations. The objectives and approach described in the plan are also the objectives of the Sustainable Dairy Chain.
The commitment of the dairy sector is an integral part of and makes a contribution to the targets of the Klimaatakkoord [Climate Agreement] for agriculture and land use: reduction by 3.5 Mt CO2-eq compared to existing policy.
- Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the entire dairy chain (dairy farms plus supply plus transport to production locations)
- Energy-neutral dairy farming
- Low-energy dairy processing and transport