Environmental Sustainability Report


The DMSC Company Members are pleased to present the 2015/16 Dairy Manufacturing Environmental Sustainability Scorecard to demonstrate their commitment to reducing the environmental impacts of dairy processing. 

This report highlights that over the last five years, through concerted industry effort, DMSC member companies have achieved significant reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity, water consumption intensity and waste sent to landfill. The 2015/16 DMSC scorecard also includes performance data on wastewater, waste diversion and energy intensity for the first time.

In 2010/11, our members reported a GHG intensity of 178.7 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per megalitre of milk processed (t CO2 -e/ML). DMSC’s 2015/16 reporting shows we have reduced this number to 140 tonnes — a 21.7% reduction over five years and an 8.2% reduction compared to 2014/15. In just the last thee years, emissions have been reduced by approximately 751,135 tonnes of CO2 -e. Dairy manufacturers are therefore currently on-track to meet their GHG emissions intensity reduction target of 30% by 2020.

DMSC members have also collectively reduced waste per megalitre of milk processed from 2.69 tonnes in 2010/11 to 1.18 tonnes in 2015/16. This represents a reduction of 56.2% in waste intensity over five years. As some components of dairy processing waste are organic and breakdown further in landfill to methane and carbon dioxide, reducing landfill rates also reduces GHG emissions. 

In 2015–2016 DMSC members consumed an estimated 1.62 megalitres (ML) of water for every megalitre of milk processed. This figure represents an increase of 3% in the intensity of water consumption from the previous year but an overall decrease of 7% on the baseline year of 2010–2011. At least some of the trend in the 2015–2016 year may be due to the changes to the scope of consumptive water and differences between manufacturers in assumptions, interpretations and data management.

These outcomes by DMSC member companies in working to minimise the environmental impact of the dairy industry demonstrate our status as sustainability leaders and reflect the collective environmental performance of the DMSC-member companies towards achieving manufacturing-based targets set out within the Australian Dairy Industry Sustainability Framework