Bulletin of the IDF N° 479/ 2015: A common carbon footprint approach for the dairy sector – The IDF guide to standard life cycle assessment methodology

Bulletin of the IDF No. 479/2015 - Also available in Polish


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There is a recognized need to calculate greenhouse gas emissions (that is, the carbon

footprint) for both dairy cattle farming operations and dairy manufacturers within the

global dairy sector. In 2010, the first edition of ‘A Common Carbon Footprint Approach

for the Dairy Sector: The IDF Guide to Standard Life Cycle Assessment Methodology’

was published. The guide has now been reviewed and revised to reflect evolving science

and standards in carbon footprint methodology, in addition to experiences in using

the guide by the dairy industry. This revised version ensures that the guide remains

practical for use by the dairy sector globally, up-to-date scientifically and aligned

with developments in other standards. Although all areas of concern and current

development were analyzed, changes to the guidelines were limited to those supported

by robust scientific evidence in order to ensure the highest degree of consistency, as

well as to allow comparability with the f irst version and subsequent revisions.

This bulletin replaced the version of 2010, the bulletin of IDF N° 445/2010

Keywords: carbon footprint, climate change, emissions, environment, environmental

management, environmental policies, greenhouse gas, land use, LCA, milk production,


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Bulletin of the IDF No. 479/2015 – Also available in Polish