Dairy UK welcomes the publication of The 25 Year Environment Plan and supports the Government's aim to deliver an environmentally sustainable future. We are encouraged by the commitment to evidence-led policy in conjunction with industry, and look forward to working with the Government on the delivery of these goals.
The UK dairy sector recognises the role it plays in delivering safe, nutritious and sustainable produce. Through The Dairy Roadmap, we have continued to set targets aiming to reduce the industry's environmental footprint. Included in these targets are commitments to improve biodiversity, lower emissions and to send zero ex-factory waste to landfill by 2020. The industry has also pledged to improve the design of dairy packaging to maximise recycled content, improve recyclability and deliver product protection to reduce food waste.
Our commitment to sustainability was evidenced in the results of the 2017 Dairy UK Environmental Benchmarking Report, which detailed impressive improvements made since 2008 across a wide range of environmental indicators, including a 30% shift in the destination of waste away from landfill, toward recovery and recycling. Never complacent, we remain committed to continual improvement and achieving an environmentally sustainable future for dairy.