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COP28 summit: global dairy companies join alliance to cut methane

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🗞️ Driving the news: At the United Nations climate summit in Dubai, six leading dairy companies formed the Dairy Methane Action Alliance, committing to disclose their methane emissions and develop action plans by 2024

🔭 The context: Livestock, particularly dairy cattle, are a major source of methane emissions, contributing about 30% of global anthropogenic methane emissions
• This initiative addresses the urgent need to mitigate these emissions in the dairy sector.

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Methane, almost 30 times more potent than CO2, plays a significant role in global warming. Addressing methane emissions from dairy companies is crucial in the fight against climate change and achieving global warming targets

⏭️ What's next: The alliance members will begin reporting emissions by mid-2024 and formulate methane action plans by year-end. These efforts are part of broader strategies to manage and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the food sector

💬 One quote: "There’s not one silver bullet. We have to look at this full spectrum of different options for farms across different geographies," said Chris Adamo of Danone.

📈 One stat: Cutting human-caused methane by 45% this decade could keep global warming under 2 degrees Celsius, emphasizing the importance of such initiatives

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