Lowering greenhouse gas emissions on farms
Most of the greenhouse gases in our value chain occur at farms, especially in the form of methane emissions from cows. Since 2020, we have been using the greenhouse gas module in the KringloopWijzer tool from our sustainability programme to track dairy farmers’ total greenhouse gas emissions.
All dairy farmers thus gain insight into their farm’s greenhouse gas emissions per kilogramme of milk. We use the data gathered by the KringloopWijzer tool to calculate a farm’s bonus under our sustainability programme. This is how we aim to stimulate greenhouse gas emission reduction at farms.
In 2021, we launched an initial pilot to provide dairy farmers with even more support in reducing greenhouse gases at their farms. Together with an adviser, dairy farmers make a customised plan to further reduce emissions at their farms, such as by reducing energy consumption, generating renewable energy, and reducing emissions from cows. In 2022, we will further scale up this pilot. We expect to see the first results in the data from the KringloopWijzer tool in early 2023. Over the coming year, we will set our target for the reduction of greenhouse gas at farms.
Our sustainability programme also gives dairy farmers a bonus for generating renewable energy. In 2021, 26.9% of our dairy farmers generated at least 50% of the energy they use from renewable sources themselves, compared to 23.2% in 2020. We have, therefore, hit our target of 25%. This increase comes mainly from dairy farmers’ investments in solar panels. In 2022, we will continue to reward dairy farmers for generating energy from renewable sources.