DSF at COP26

Attending COP26 in person: Tom Vilsack (US Secretary of Agriculture), Donald Moore (GDP & DSF Chairman) & Minette Batters (WFO, President of the National Farmers Union of England & Wales)

DSF’s Brian Lindsay and Donald Moore attended the COP26 event in Glasgow this month. The DSF was delighted to be involved in two UNFCCC Side Events, the first of which took place on 4 November: Raising ambitions on climate action in the global dairy sector to achieve the Paris Agreement. This event, organized by the Government of Uruguay and Global Dairy Platform utilized a multi-media suite at the COP26 meeting and involved speakers both physically and virtually. More than 80 organisations have already declared their support for the initiative so far representing over 30% of global milk production. The event brought together panellists from governments, research institutions, farmers and the private sector to discuss the ways in which the dairy sector can achieve net zero emissions and contribute to GHG mitigation. Vikki Tam, Bain & Company, moderated the discussion. Watch the meeting again here

The second side event, Pathways to Dairy Net Zero, A Ground-Breaking Climate Initiative for Agriculture, took place on 8 November as part of the International Chamber of Commerce Make Climate Action Everyone’s Business Forum. Donald Moore gave an overview of the Pathways to Dairy Net Zero initiative and Hayden Montgomery from the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (the initiatives Knowledge Partner) outlined the research elements in relation to the diversity of global dairy production systems and potential mitigation opportunities. The DSF is a key partner (along with ILRI, IDF, IFCN, GDP and Sai Platform) in this initiative and will be the progress reporting channel using the data generated by the FAO.
It was encouraging to see the wide range of stakeholders that attended these events to hear of how the dairy sector is stepping up and acting responsibly.