Green Milk Initiative

UK - The dairy industry and environment minister have published a 'Milk Road Map' detailing how they intend to reduce the effect milk production has on the environment.
calendar icon 13 August 2008
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The key road map targets aim to produce 50% of plastic milk bottles recycled into new bottles, create a 30% reduction in water use per tonne of finished product and make all tertiary packaging recyclable or re-usable.

Also they want 10% of processors' non-transport energy to come from renewable sources of CHP, including mandatory energy benchmarking for processors and get farmers to recycle or reuse 70% of non-natural waste

Other benchmark proposals include initiating a scheme whereby 40% of energy used on farm comes from renewable sources, with a 20-30% reduction in greenhouse gas balance from farms, compared with 1990 levels. Under the new scheme retailers will have to ensure that all new stores emit less carbon than existing ones.

Dairy UK Director General Jim Begg said: "The Milk Road Map is a step change in the way we produce, process and consume liquid milk. It is a pioneering collaboration between all links in the supply chain that puts a bottle of milk on the kitchen table, and even beyond - to post-consumer recycling''.

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