The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue, has received the Food Vision Dairy Group’s final report.
The report contains measures on how to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions from the dairy sector, according to a statement published on Gov.ie, which also noted that Minister McConalogue established the Food Vision Dairy Group in January of this year, with a key objective of the Food Vision 2030 report being to identify measures that the dairy sector can take to contribute to stabilising and reducing agricultural emissions while charting an overall direction for the sector up to 2030.
Additionally, the statement published on Gov.ie noted that the report sets out 19 recommendations that have been the subject of detailed discussions, including direct-impact measures, which can be counted directly in the national agricultural emissions inventory, and enabling actions, which – while outside the inventory – support and enable the adoption of the direct measures.
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The statement published on Gov.ie quoted group chair Professor Gerry Boyle as saying, “This process has enabled all stakeholders to shape how Ireland’s dairy industry can best meet its climate change commitments. I believe that this report captures all of the various perspectives of stakeholders following nine months of intensive deliberations. I thank all of the stakeholders sincerely for their positive engagement in this process. Despite the best efforts of all concerned, it has not been possible to secure unanimous agreement, and where stakeholders have reservations, these are clearly noted in the report, and I’m confident that, in the deliberations that will follow, these concerns can be satisfactorily addressed.”
The statement published on Gov.ie quoted Minister McConalogue as saying, “I thank the members of the Food Vision Dairy Group for the time and effort they have invested in this process and will study this report carefully before deciding on next steps. My ultimate aim is to future-proof our world-class dairy industry for the benefit of our industry, the environment, and our farm families, who are the bedrock of the entire sector.”