Dairy giant Danone wants to slash its dairy emissions through the use of technologies and partnerships in the 20 countries where it does business.

The new action plan rolled out Tuesday includes a pledge to cut methane emissions from its fresh milk supply by 30% by 2030, about 1.2 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent.

Danone says the reduction strategy focuses on working with its producers to “implement regenerative dairy practices” and find ways to “scale innovation, reporting and advance financing models” through partnerships with governments and the Environmental Defense Fund.

EDF said it would work with Danone "in such areas as improved science, data and reporting standards, innovative financing models to help farmers of all sizes, and catalyzing industry and policy leadership through advocacy."

Danone says the pledge makes it the first food company to set methane reduction targets in line with the Global Methane Pledge launched at COP26.

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“As one of the largest dairy companies, we take the challenge of both producing more [to feed a growing population] and greatly reducing emissions and impact on climate,” Danone CEO Antoine de Saint-Affrique said in a statement. “Our ambitious plan to reduce methane emissions — in line with Global Methane Pledges from 150 countries — is a commitment to build regenerative dairy.”

EDF President Fred Krupp welcomed the news, saying methane emission reduction is “one of the fastest and most effective ways to slow climate change.

“The dairy sector can play an important role in driving these reductions while boosting farmer livelihoods and increasing food security and nutrition,” he said. “Danone is the first food company raising this type of ambition, but it can’t be the last.”

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