C-Sequ: Developing guidelines for the calculation of carbon sequestration for the dairy cattle sector

Though the International Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) has developed a methodology for carbon sequestration allowing countries to report their progress towards the Paris Agreement, it is extremely challenging to estimate carbon sequestration at a local and individual farm level.


Danone and six other dairy and beef industry organizations (Arla Foods, FrieslandCampina, Fonterra, Mars, McDonalds and Nestle) have joined forces to address this topic with the objective to issue guidelines for the calculation of carbon sequestration for the dairy cattle sector. 


The seven dairy and beef industry organizations are addressing carbon storage and sequestration topics by focusing on two aspects:


  1. To develop a ‘farm level’ methodology and guidance based on the latest science.
  2. To enable farmers to better understand and apply effective practices that maximize the sequestering potential for their specific soil type, geography and climate.


The approach involves bringing two scientific disciplines together (Soil and Life-cycle assessment) and challenging the many global experts to guide the partnership through a science-based development process. 


By late autumn 2020, the partners will release a draft methodology for public consultation prior to completion and publishing in early 2021. The final output will be a documented methodology to amend the existing Life Cycle Assessment GHG tools currently utilized by the dairy and beef sectors.


Along with the companies involved in this project, the International Dairy Federation and the Global Round Table for Sustainable Beef play the strategic role of industry liaison to support the farmers in this transition. 


Danone recognizes how crucial the work of farmers is to the global economy and food system — smallholder farmers in particular. Farmers know their land best; they are the lead players in the transition to regenerative agriculture. Our goal is to support the ability of farmers to make these shifts, and to accompany them as they pass their craft along to the next generations.