The 3-year partnership has supported around 600 Royal FrieslandCampina Dutch farmers in their day-to-day transition to more sustainable dairy farming models.
We have focused our actions on two main areas:
- Support the implementation of regenerative agriculture practices, by using local and deforestation free protein sources for feed, implementing pasture feeding, tweaking cows’ diets to lower enteric methane emissions, and by optimizing nutrient and manure management.
- Help the transition to green energy sourcing, by using green electricity combined with implementing energy saving measures, such as recovering heat from milk cooling to slightly reduce the carbon footprint.
Farmers were able to continuously track their progress thanks to the Annual Nutrient Cycling Assessment tools, and therefore better manage their carbon footprint.
We have already achieved a 17.6% reduction in the greenhouse gas emissions resulting from dairy ingredients Royal FrieslandCampina delivers to Danone. Due to the project’ success, we will extend the partnership for an additional 3 years, with the objective to reach around 25% greenhouse gas emissions reduction over the course of the multi-year collaboration and to continue scaling up regenerative agriculture practices.