GDP Key Achievements 2020




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SHOW DAIRY IS RESPONSIBLE AND SUSTAINABLE GDP has a number of work streams to demonstrate that the dairy sector is committed to producing nutritious foods in environmentally sound and responsible ways.

Dairy Sustainability Framework (DSF) | Chaired by GDP, DSF aligns, connects and tracks the sustainability progress of approximately 30% of global milk production. In 2020, DSF announced the first two years of reporting results (2018-2019) across 11 environmental, economic and social sustainability criteria. The process by which DSF manages and calculates the data is audited by the University of Nottingham in the U.K. Over the last two years there have been increases in both prioritization and reporting efforts, along with improved data control and quality. Progress will be reported annually moving forward.

DSF represents 46% of the Formal Milk Market

41% Informal Milk Market

59% Formal Milk Market

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Global Warming Potential of Methane | A review of new research suggests the climate impact of methane is not accurately reflected because current metrics don’t recognize that it breaks down in the atmosphere over the course of 12 years. Other greenhouse gases (GHG’s), such as carbon dioxide released from the burning of fossil fuels, can remain in the atmosphere for hundreds of years. The research review, commissioned by GDP and other farming, academic, and non- governmental organizations, examined Global Warming Potential* (GWP*), a new method for determining the warming impact of methane. GWP* was developed by a global group of climate scientists with leading authors from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. The next step in the research is to conduct scenario modeling and examine policy implications to ensure the sector is focused on actions that deliver the best possible mitigation outcomes.

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Cattle Health and GHG emissions | GDP, in partnership with DSF and GRA, completed a research project that found improved cattle health can reduce GHG emissions. The research, which was conducted in Chile, Kenya and the United Kingdom, explored the effect of proactive animal health management on reducing GHG’s, along with the positive economic impact these animal health improvements have on farmers.

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DSF Pilots in Asia and Africa | As part of a two-year grant from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), GDP is helping two countries in Asia and two countries in Africa develop sustainability pilots. Kenya and India will conduct regional trials to help develop a sustainability program for their dairy sectors, while Rwanda and Vietnam will conduct materiality assessments. Once the pilots are operational in 2021, GDP will be able to include this data in DSF reporting for the global dairy sector. Net Zero, Pathways to Low-Carbon Dairy | This new initiative will encourage the sector to take more aggressive climate action by creating pathways that reduce dairy’s global carbon emissions by 2050. The concept has been well-received by FAO, who wants to work with GDP on this multi-stakeholder effort. A technical feasibility/proof-of-concept is in development, with the intention to launch the program in advance of the UN Food Systems Summit 2021 and the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties.

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