LONDON — Dec. 23, 2015 — Dairy processors in the United Kingdom have made significant gains in energy efficiency since the industry published its first Dairy Roadmap in 2008, according to a press release.

Dairy U.K., the trade association for the British dairy supply chain, said in the release that dairy processors, farmers and retailers across the country have made some key achievements.

For example, processors have recorded a 16 percent improvement in overall energy efficiency, exceeding the original target of 15 percent, noted the release. At the same time they have achieved a 15 percent reduction in relative water consumption.

More than three quarters (77 percent) of dairy holdings in the U.K. now implement nutrient management plans, and 78 percent of dairy farmers are taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on their farms, stated the release. Farmers are also tacking water use: 78 percent have implemented water efficiency methods, going beyond the target of 70 percent.

The report highlighted growing use of responsibly sourced wood fibre in the industry, with 74 percent of liquid cartons in the dairy category now carrying the Forest Stewardship Council label, reported the release.

Waste management has also improved considerably over the past seven years: Dairy processors now send only 4 percent of factory waste to landfill, down from 32 percent in 2008. Dairy U.K. said in the release that this was thanks to improved segregation of mixed waste and employee engagement activities, as well as greater use of energy from waste incineration and anaerobic digestion technology.

The Dairy Roadmap initiative aims to unite the supply chain in working toward monitored environmental and sustainability targets, shared the release. As well as charting the progress made so far, the 2015 report sets new targets for 2025.

You can find the entire release here.