New RABDF leaflet sets record straight on greenhouse gas emissions in dairy industry

The Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF) is pushing back on claims that the dairy industry is a major source of greenhouse gases (GHG) by producing a leaflet highlighting key emission statistics.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions: The Truth Behind the Dairy Sector’s Carbon Footprint aims to set the record straight on GHG by providing facts and figures on emissions in dairy farming and production, both in the UK and on a global scale.

The leaflet is aimed at the general public, the media and the dairy industry, so all readers are accurately informed of the dairy sector’s impact on the environment.

Not only can statistics around carbon footprints and greenhouse gas emissions be incredibly complicated, but much of the information currently being reported in the media overstates the impact of dairy cattle on the environment, believes Matthew Knight, RABDF’s chief executive. He said: “Livestock farming, particularly cattle production, has been facing increasing amounts of pressure for the perceived impact that cows have on the environment.

“The reality is dairy production accounts for only 3% of total GHG emissions. While there is always room for improvement when it comes to farming’s environmental footprint, so much of the criticism levelled at dairy farmers and the sector has been incredibly unfair.”

The RABDF leaflet includes information on what makes up GHG emissions in the dairy sector; comparisons with other sectors and activities; as well as information on how emissions are being reduced in the sector.

The leaflet can be downloaded at

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