Reduced emissions

Goal 10

Goal 10 Reduce greenhouse gas emissions intensity by 30%

The Australian dairy industry recognises it has an important role to play in increasing energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The dairy sector overall accounts for 12% of Australia agriculture’s emissions with dairy manufacturing responsible for around 5% of the sector’s emissions. The amount of energy used and resulting greenhouse gas emissions in a dairy manufacturing plant depends on the mix of product produced. The production of milk powder, for example, requires more energy (to evaporate water) compared with liquid milk production. Product mix nationally and among manufacturers can have a profound impact on resource efficiency initiatives and the monitoring and reporting on performance.

10.1 30% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions intensity measured through: a. direct measurement of manufacturers’ emissions

2016 performance: The intensity of GHG emissions generated by dairy manufacturers in 2015/16 was approximately 140 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2 -e) per million litres of milk processed. Data was collected from dairy manufacturers who collectively process approximately 85% of Australia’s milk.

Emissions include combusted stationary fuels (Scope 1), transport fuels (Scope 1) and emissions associated with grid electricity (Scope 2). The result is an 8.2% decrease in emissions intensity since 2014/15 and a 21.7% reduction since 2010/11.