The conference will successively examine sustainability initiatives at the dairy farming, processing and retail levels and conclude with a Leaders’ Forum at the end of the day.

Session 1: Dairy Farming

09:00 – 09:30  Hanne Bang Bligaard, ArlaFoods: Initiatives by ArlaFoods and its members to improve the sustainability of dairy farming in Europe.

ArlaFoods, which represents a sizeable portion of EU milk production in its own right, has developed a number of initiatives to improve the sustainability of its dairy farmer members. Hanne Bang Bligaard will present on these initiatives and the potential benefits they will deliver to the sustainability of dairy farming.

09:30 – 10:00  Sanjeewa Ranathunga, of University of Wisconsin and Sandra Vijn, World Wildlife Fund: Scenarios for sustainable dairy production for the US by 2040

Wisconsin University is working with the World Wildlife Fund to study the impact of the expected growth in US dairy production. The study assesses industry structure and resource utilisation against a number of growth scenarios and results will include exploration of the relative contribution of various technological innovations to improving efficiency.

10:00 – 10:30  Robert Bryson, Northern Ireland Dairy Farmer: Sustainability: the experience of a Northern Ireland dairy farmer

The pursuit of sustainability by dairy farmers in Northern Ireland presents its own unique challenges and opportunities. Robert Bryson, an established dairy farmer from the region, will share the approach he has taken on his farm through various investment and management practices to work towards achieving a sustainable dairy farm.

Session 2: Processing

11:00 – 11:30  Christoph Glasnar, Fraunhofer UMSICHT, SUSMILK: New concepts and technologies for sustainable processing

Susmilk, which is a multi-national collaborative industry project, seeks to analyse and optimise the whole process chain with regard to energy and water consumption to re-design the dairy industry for sustainable milk processing. Christoph Glasnar will present on the new concepts and technologies identified by the project for the supply of heat, cold and power that aim at maximizing water and energy savings to deliver on the ‘green dairy’ concept.

11:30 – 12:00  Lilly Li, Tetra Pak: Total Cost of Ownership Approach to Sustainable Investment

The multifaceted nature of sustainability means that processors need to have the tools available to fully evaluate the sustainability of investment decisions. Lilly Li will present on the methodology developed by Tetra Pak using four concrete examples.

12:00 – 12:30  Martin Scuccimarri and Prunelle Paquette of Saputo: Green and Lean Management Pilot Project

Milk processors face a similar challenge in devising methodologies that balance productive efficiency with environmental benefits. The speakers will elaborate on the Green and Lean Management Pilot Project trialled by Saputo.

Session 3: Retailing

Speakers 7 to 9 will present on the various approaches being used by major retailers to address the sustainability of the dairy supply chain including the experience of one major UK retailer.

14:00 – 14:30  Dr Leon Mol, Ahold Delhaize; The approach taken by Ahold Delhaize to improving the sustainability of the dairy supply chain

As a world-leading food retailer with 6,500 stores worldwide and 370,000 people serving 50 million customers a week, for Ahold Delhaize staying at the forefront of sustainable retailing raises its own unique challenges. Dr Mol will set out the range of initiatives undertaken by the company to meet this challenge in its dairy supply chain.

14:30 – 15:00  Duncan Sinclair, Waitrose: The Waitrose approach to the sustainability of dairy farming

The UK retailer Waitrose has been in the forefront of working with farmers to tackle sustainability. Duncan Sinclair will expand on the approach taken by this innovative and market leading retailer in working with dairy farmers.

15:00 – 15:30  To be confirmed

16:00 – 17:30  Leaders’ Forum

The conference will conclude with a Leaders’ Forum that will draw upon the speakers presenting throughout the day and provide an opportunity for the delegates in engage in an interactive debate.

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