The UK's dairy industry has generated cheap energy costs and reduced carbon dioxide emissions consistently over the past eight years, reports businessgreen.com.
New figures from Dairy UK have revealed that overall energy usage has been reduced by 11 per cent per unit of production since 2000, preventing 40,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere.
The industry is thought to have saved around £4.5 million as a result of the reduction in energy use and almost 70 per cent of the sites involved in the scheme have achieved their targets without having to buy carbon offsets.
A spokesman for Dairy UK told the website: "There's been strong rationalisation across the sector in recent years, which has resulted in greater investment in new, more efficient plants that have delivered significant energy savings."
He added that the industry is also working to further improve the environmental issues raised by methane emitted from cows.
In related news, food packaging specialist Seda UK recently revealed plans to reduce its energy consumption by using energy-saving light bulbs, according to packagingnews.co.uk.
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