26 Apr '12, 2pm

New sustainability tools to calculate milk's carbon footprint

New sustainability tools to calculate milk's carbon footprint

On its way toward cutting the U.S. dairy industry's emissions by a quarter, the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy has released two tools to help companies calculate and cut emissions from processing plants and milk transportation. The Innovation Center has been the guiding force behind the U.S. Dairy Sustainability Commitment , an industry effort -- launched in 2007 -- that aims to reduce carbon emissions by 25 percent by 2020. One of the steps in that process was an analysis of the entire lifecycle of milk to determine how much carbon is created by what carbon sources, such as cows burping, packaging and refrigeration at retail stores. "The Innovation Center built upon the findings of the GHG Life Cycle Assessment for Fluid Milk to develop and test a suite of measurement tools," Barbara O’Brien, president of the Innovation Center, said in a statement. "These tools help dai...

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