Tackling emissions in dairy
“Reducing our carbon footprint across our supply chain is a key target in our Forever Chocolate plan, and dairy is an important piece of this puzzle. Dairy products are a key ingredient in many of our chocolate products and it is also one of the major contributors to our corporate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions footprint.
The use of animal feed additives – like Agolin – is widely recognized to reduce methane emissions in dairy cattle. However, in the past, there was no way to credibly verify this and thus assess the actual level of CO2 reduction within our supply chain.
Our VisionDairy Charter outlines our mission to source milk in the most sustainable way possible. As part of this work, Barry Callebaut teamed up with Agolin and Gold Standard in a pilot study to develop a methodology to quantify CO2 emission reduction in dairy cattle as a result of feed additives
Closing a gap in CO2 accounting
Studies took place in two locations – the Netherlands and the US. The interventions were targeted at dairy farms that supply the processors where we source dairy products.
We collaborated with Gold Standard (GS), whose work centres on developing credible impact quantification, to develop a methodology to measure and substantiate CO2 emission reduction in the dairy cattle involved in the study.
In the Netherlands, 47 dairy farms took part in the study covering a total of approximately 7,600 cows. Using the methodology we developed with GS, it was verified that Agolin reduced 1,200 MT of CO2e between March and August 2020.
In the US study, 18 farms with around 7,600 cows in total participated. The GS methodology confirmed a reduction of roughly 500 MT of CO2e by the end of August 2020
I am very pleased that we have been able to develop a methodology with Gold Standard and Agolin to credibly quantify and certify CO2 reductions. This closes an important gap and provides a great basis for us to scale up this work with our partners.