Commitments to action

Pathways to Dairy Net Zero

Global Dairy Platform, FAO, International Dairy Federation, Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform, International Livestock Research Institute, Dairy Sustainability Framework, Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases

Pathways to Dairy Net Zero is a global, multi-stakeholder engagement aiming to develop pathways towards low-carbon dairy systems while considering the diversity of dairy systems globally, their contributions to food and nutrition security, and to livelihoods and economies around the world.

The initiative systematically introduces and/or enhances climate action in all dairy systems, recognizing that different regions and systems require different ‘pathways’, with varying levels of ambition, different starting points, and different time scales. All systems can, however, commit to whatever climate action is appropriate and feasible to reduce their net emissions and adapt to climate change. In doing so it is essential that the broader sustainability of dairy systems is enhanced: harnessing synergies and managing trade-offs with other environmental issues such as water, soil, nutrient use, and biodiversity, as well as the sustainability objectives of food and nutrition security; livelihoods and economic growth; and animal health and welfare

The initiative is aligned with the Race to Zero campaign, which mobilises non-government actors to join the Climate Ambition Alliance; an initiative from the UN Secretary-General to build momentum around the shift to a decarbonised economy. The initiative also builds on and aligns with established international processes such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate change (UNFCCC) reporting on Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture (KJWA).

Progress will be measured and reported globally via the Dairy Sustainability Framework (DSF) and with FAO’s Global Livestock Environmental Assessment Model (GLEAM) for carbon accounting. Pathways to Dairy Net Zero will encourage the global dairy sector to embrace low-carbon dairying to reduce its impact on the planet while continuing to produce nutritious foods that are critical to health and well-being.


Private sector

Action Area(s)

Boost Nature-Based Solutions of Production



Key contact

Donald Moore, Global Dairy Platform



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