The British dairy industry has been praised for being a global leader in terms of environmental sustainability, with plastic bottle manufacturers identified as playing a key role.
The Diary Roadmap, launched in 2008, charts progress towards a series of specific goals for farmers, manufacturers and retailers.
One of the examples is Nampak Plastics, the milk bottle manufacturer which has developed a bottle [Infini] that is not only 20% lighter, but will incorporate 30% recycled materials by 2014.
Another is a creamery in Cornwall which has reduced its carbon footprint by 20,000 tonnes per year by installing a biomass boiler system.
Kate Allum, chair of the Dairy Roadmap, said: “In Britain we recognised that in order to achieve real change we need the whole dairy supply chain to work together from farmers through to retailers.
“We started out with the Roadmap in 2008 and this is now the fourth report. With each report, the ambition and reach of the industry has grown and this is reflected in the way the Dairy Roadmap has developed.”
Defra farming minister David Heath said the sector should be proud of the roadmap and its continuing targets: “The smartest sectors know they must minimise their impact on the environment to maximise future profits.
“The British dairy industry is working responsibly to mitigate its environmental impact and providing for a more sustainable future.
“This Dairy Roadmap report and supporting case studies provide a fantastic platform for British dairy industry to not only make a case to customers and consumers to sell more British dairy produce in this country, but also become serious players in the global marketplace.”
Nampak Plastics managing director Eric Collins said the company was “thrilled to be heralded as a key contributor to the British dairy industry’s carbon reduction successes”.