DES Chairman Praises Dairy Industry Emission Cuts

UK - Dairy companies in the Climate Change Agreement have saved just under 130,000 tonnes of carbon since the scheme began in 2000, Dairy Energy Savings (DES) Chairman Gerard Sweeney said this week.
calendar icon 26 October 2009
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Speaking during a DES meeting which saw him reappointed Chairman, Mr Sweeney said that dairy companies had worked hard to meet challenging energy efficiency targets and significantly reduce carbon emissions in the processing sector.

He said: “However you look at it, saving 130,000 tonnes of carbon from entering the atmosphere is a significant achievement. It also demonstrates that the operational detail behind the Climate Change Agreement really delivers results."

“We are entering the tenth and final year of the scheme and expect to continue our progress. At the same time, we’re negotiating with government on a new scheme beyond 2010. It is vital that ministers learn from the success of the CCA by recognising the benefits of using relative targets per tonne of product instead of absolute ones. This is a core principle which has worked to lower emissions. It must certainly remain a feature of any new scheme,” said Mr Sweeney. 

In addition to Gerard Sweeney’s re-election, Trevor Benyon was reappointed to the Board of Dairy Energy Savings. The Board also appointed a new Director, John Pinder of Arla Foods UK.

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