To reduce GHG emissions further, all segments of the dairy industry must optimize efficiency. That means increasing milk yield per cow, reducing enteric emissions, improving manure handling, optimizing breeding and enhancing cow comfort.
In 2008, the dairy industry made a voluntary commitment to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 25% by 2020 – a lofty goal, to say the least. In fact, it is remarkable to think how far we have already come since 1944.
Our nation's schools send 5 billion milk and juice cartons to landfills each year. Clearly, there is work to be done. Your company can specify cartons made of paperboard, and you can get involved in your child’s school recycling efforts.
Converting to LED bulbs is one of the best and easiest investments in sustainability for processors and producers. Dairy producers also should look at practices in milk cooling, ventilation and milk harvesting.
EPA’s next big measurement program uses energy performance indicators in a program created by Duke University. Soon you will be able to compare your plant to the overall dairy industry’s performance. EPA will recognize the top 25% of participating dairy plants with its Energy Star Certification.