The packaging-related highlights:
- GHG emissions associated with fluid milk packaging occur during raw material production, container formation and transport of raw materials.
- 1.9 million of the 28 million metric tons of GHG to produce fluid milk in the U.S. are attributed to the container
- 35% of the GHG emissions from fluid milk production come from container formation
- 65% is attributed to the packaging material production
- The 395 fluid milk plants in the U.S. responsible for pasteurization and packaging of fluid milk produce more than 50 billion pounds of fluid milk products and about 5.1 million metric tons of GHG emissions each year.
1. Energy efficiencies and the use of renewable energy in raw material manufacturing, including energy efficiency and use of renewable energy, can reduce total energy used in material production.
2. Energy efficiencies in the blow molding and container-forming process can lower emissions and costs at the processing facility.
"Sustainability has become a new way of living and a new standard for managing how we do business," says Connie Tipton, president and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association. "The study is helping dairy businesses to see that reducing GHG emissions not only meets consumers’ expectations for more earth-friendly products, but also reduces plant operation costs."
To view the full report or for more information, visit The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy