Food systems are responsible for one third of global GHG emissions. Dairy production is a significant contributor to those emissions. Given that global demand for dairy is projected to increase, there is an urgent need to reduce emissions from this sector. Using a multi-actor, multi-disciplinary, SmartDairy will assess challenges, explore innovations, and create new solutions to achieve a climate-smart food system, focused on the dairy supply chain. In Ireland, it will assess the acceptability of dairy system carbon markets to accelerate the uptake of carbon mitigation measures by farmers. In Italy, it will simulate the implications of new climate-smart policies and business models along the dairy supply chain. In the UK, it will explore consumers’ perceptions and willingness to pay for climate-smart innovations. In Finland, it will analyse socio-cultural issues related to the consumption of milk and alternative products, as well as dairy-based food waste reduction behaviour. Country specific outcomes will form the basis for creating solutions in collaboration with stakeholders that enable a climate-smart dairy system that is acceptable to all actors from farm to fork.
SmartDairy will create impact by reducing GHG emissions, increasing resource efficiency, and reducing waste, bringing us a step closer to a climate-neutral future.
*At the time of the proposal. Please consider this data as an accurate estimate; it may vary during the project’s lifespan.
Total costs include in kind contribution by grant holders and can therefore be higher than the total requested funding.