Danone, a leading food company and one of the world’s largest dairy companies, announces a plan to reduce absolute methane emissions from its fresh milk supply chain by 30% by 20301. Danone expects to remove 1.2 million tons carbon dioxide equivalent of methane emissions by 2030. This ambitious plan builds on the progress Danone has been making in recent years, already reducing its methane emissions by c. 14% between 2018 to 2020.
Dairy production from cattle makes up an estimated 8% of total human-caused methane emissions, as part of agriculture and livestock activities which represent approximately 40% of global methane emissions.
As a dairy leader, Danone plans to play its role to reduce methane emissions. The plan will focus on:
- working with farmers to implement regenerative dairy practices and develop innovative solutions
- collaborating and partnering with peers, governments, and Environmental Defense Fund to scale innovation, reporting, and advance financing models
- advocating and engaging with governments to improve methane policies, data, and reporting, as well as funding for research and to support farmers transitioning to regenerative dairy practices
Danone is the first food company to set a methane reduction target and align with the ambition of the Global Methane Pledge launched at COP26.