Despite processing 7% more milk last year, industrial emissions from milk processing sites in Ireland dropped 3% in 2019, according to new figures released last week by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

This means Irish dairy co-ops reduced their carbon emissions related to industrial energy consumption, such as electricity and natural gas, by 3%. The reduction in industrial emissions from the dairy sector was achieved despite co-ops processing a record 7.9bn litres of milk last year, with production of butter, cheese and milk powder hitting record volumes.