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Dairy Methane Action Alliance made during COP28

The Environmental Defense Fund has announced the creation of the Dairy Methane Action Alliance with food industry companies to reduce emissions on farms.

Katie Anderson is the senior director for EDF.

“The Alliance’s founding members include some of the biggest companies in the dairy sector, including Bel Group, Danone, Kraft Heinz, Lactalis USA. and Nestle,” she says.  “Together, they’re going to set a new benchmark for transparency, accountability, ambition, and action within the food industry.”

The companies are committing to measure and publicly disclose their methane emissions along with an action plan to reduce methane emissions by the end of next year.

Chris Adamo with Danone says farms cannot make the investments on their own and their company has been partnering to find solutions that fit individual farmer needs.

“We work with the farms to hear what they want to install, what works for them and their farms,” he says.  “If it’s a small farm, if it’s a farm in a wet Upper Midwest geography, if it’s a farm in an arid Western area—they all may have some different needs.”

Danone pledged to reduce methane emissions from its fresh milk supply chain by 30 percent by 2030 earlier this year.

The Alliance is being launched as part of commitments being made during this week’s United Nations Climate Change Conference COP28 in Dubai.

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