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Sustainable dairy industry

Helping the dairy industry become more sustainable

As a provider of products and services to dairy farmers all around the world, DeLaval is in a position to help the dairy industry work towards a sustainable future.

This means providing products and solutions that improve working conditions for farmers and ensuring that animals are well taken care of, while at the same time reducing the environmental impact on every farm and ensuring its long-term success. Our approach to sustainability has three main perspectives – Environment, Food and Animal Welfare, and Social and Economic.


We are committed to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Climate Agreement, which calls for climate neutrality by 2050 in order to prevent global temperatures rising above 1.5°C. We have a long history of developing products and solutions that reduce the environmental impact of every litre of milk produced and improving efficiency and milk yield on farms.

Food and Animal Welfare

Food safety is critical for all parts of the dairy value chain. We work with food safety through stringent compliance controls but also by promoting animal welfare. A healthy animal provides more milk, at a better quality and for more years.

Social and Economic

We respect and advance human rights and create long-term economic growth without negatively impacting social or environmental sustainability. Our Corporate Governance framework and Code of Business Conduct guides us in this work. Through innovation we provide solutions to dairy farmers to make their lives easier and their farms more profitable whilst lowering their environmental impact.

Supply Chain CO2 footprint

In the first half of 2020, the CO2 emissions for DeLaval’s worldwide operations were calculated as part of a master thesis by students from the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. They created a calculation model that we can use to measure our footprint in the coming years, and can be used to assess how our footprint might change by simulating scenarios. “We now have a clearer picture of where to focus our improvements when it comes to contributing to our global emission targets,” says Lars Johansson, Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications & Sustainability.

The carbon footprint of our operations

DeLaval’s entire carbon footprint of its supply chain operations, including direct and indirect emissions, were measured during 2020. This has provided data to help reduce our internal emissions in line with the Paris Climate Agreement from 2021 and beyond.

Distribution of CO2 emissions per area

Travel 2% Facilities 5% Transport 11% Total packaging 11% Direct material 71%

Total emissions 234,381 tonnes CO2e

In 2020, our supply chain’s estimated emissions was 234,381 tonnes CO2e. The emissions calculations were made based on the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG) Standards and include Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions. Direct materials such as metals, plastics and chemicals account for the bulk of our emissions.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

where DeLaval can have an impact

Sustainability 2020 - Waste

VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) 10%

22 tonnes CO2e avoided at our Gallin distribution centre in Germany by reducing packaging waste.

We have eliminated the use of plastic bubble bags in trans­portation.

Sustainability 2020 - Energy

All our European operations will only source renewable energy from wind and water from 2021.

Our factories and distribution centres are gradually switching to efficient LED lighting.

We have begun switching to solar lights in outside storage areas at several plants including Wroclaw, Poland and Tianjin, China.

Sustainability 2020 - Water

Separating rainwater from wastewater at our Drongen chemicals plant in Belgium will create a more efficient purification process.