IDF STANDING COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENT

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Objectives
In recent years, the International Dairy Federation (IDF) has actively put environmental concerns at the top of its priorities, through scientific research and a close collaboration with various stakeholders worldwide. The objective of this work is to inform the global dairy sector about developments concerning the environment (e.g. effects of environment on milk and milk products, effects of dairying on the environment), while providing leadership on environmental sustainability issues in close liaison with other IDF Standing Committees and relevant international and third party organizations.
Activities
WHAT IS IDF ACTIVELY WORKING ON IN THIS AREA?

  • Energy efficiency and GHG emissions quantification and mitigation, including renewable energy generation
  • Water quality, efficiency and reuse
  • Biodiversity
  • Waste management and reduction
  • Review and adoption/promotion of best available technologies and practice
  • The intersection of nutrition and environmental sustainability
Documents, factsheets, articles...

Factsheet: Salts and the Environment
Salts K, Na and Ca occur either in milk from farms or in the chemicals used to clean the manufacturing plants. These salts end up in wastewater which is then discharged into the environment. This factsheet describes the sources of salts in the dairy industry and their effects on the environment.
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Factsheet: Salts and the Environment (2)
Excessive salts, especially sodium, can have an adverse effect on the environment. If the proportion of sodium to other cations is high when dairy plant wastewater is applied to land, the soil structure risks deterioration. If so, the soil can no longer treat the applied wastewater and becomes water logged.
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