Deutsche Milchkontor (DMK) has joined the Science Based Targets Initiative
“In our strategy for 2030, we have set ourselves the goal of reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by a total of 20% along the entire value chain. We see it as part of our responsibility as a cooperative and a large food manufacturer to actively get involved in order to leave a world in which future generations will enjoy living. Ultimately, all of this is also about the credibility of an entire industry, in which one of the biggest transformation processes is currently taking place. To do this, we have to clearly show that we are developing solutions and are not the problem”, says Ingo Müller, CEO of the DMK Group.
Sustainability is an integral part of the DMK Group’s 2030 strategy. It is now a matter of rethinking previous activities and finding additional levers to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
One starting point is the raw material milk. The average CO2 value per kilogram of milk at DMK farmers is already at a good level and is to be further reduced in the future. Since the beginning of the year, the company has been bringing the so-called agricultural climate check to the farms, with which farmers can create their individual climate balance and identify potential for improvement.
Sustainable energy efficiency projects in the plants also play an important role and contribute to the overall goal. Within the DMK production sites alone, significant CO2 emissions are to be reduced in the future.
There is also, for example, the reduction of packaging waste, minimization of residues in waste water or the in-house production of drinking water from ‘milk water’, which is a by-product of milk and whey drying.
The future use of hydrogen in trucks for milk collection is also possible. In addition, working from home or moving to a new, climate-friendly administration building contribute to the improvement of the CO2 footprint.
The Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) supports companies in defining, evaluating and validating climate targets that are in line with current scientific knowledge and contribute to the goal of the Paris Climate Agreement to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees. The initiative was founded in 2015 by the WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature), the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), the United Nations Global Compact and the World Resources Institute (WRI) to achieve a significant reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions.