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

  1. 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.

  1. Speaker from Wisconsin University: 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.

  1. Speaker to be confirmed: Additional examples of initiatives to improve the sustainability of dairy farming

The third speaker in the session will present on further practical examples of initiatives that are improving the sustainability of dairy farming.

Session 2: Processing

  1. Christoph Glasnar, Susmilk: New concepts and technologies for sustainable processing

Susmilk, which is a multi-national collaborative industry project, seeks to analyse and optimize 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.

  1. 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.

  1. Speaker to be confirmed: the experience of a major milk processor

The speaker will elaborate on the approach to sustainability taken by a major milk processor.

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.

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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