We value sustainability in our work. For now, but also for future generations. That is why we have signed a sustainability agreement with other parties in the dairy industry. This agreement states our shared goals on climate, animal welfare, outdoor grazing, biodiversity and the environment.
Rouveen Kaasspecialiteiten, together with the entire dairy chain, strives for climate-neutral development. One of our goals is a 20 percent reduction in greenhouse gases by 2020. Also, by 2020 we want 16 percent of our production to be powered by sustainable energy sources. How will we achieve these goals? By investing in innovative solutions that help us save energy, improve the sustainability of our production processes and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
We want our dairy farmers to use antibiotics responsibly. We also want to increase the average lifespan of our dairy cattle. On a daily basis our dairy farmers work to ensure the welfare and health of their herds, working together with vets to make the necessary plans. For example, they always know how much medicine they are using, and how this compares to their peers.
‘Working together for a better world, close to home’
Rouveen Kaasspecialiteiten wants to maximise outdoor grazing. Together with other organisations in the dairy farm sector we have agreed to keep grazing at least at its 2012 level. The Sustainable Dairy Chain (Duurzame Zuivelketen) has taken the initiative to establish the Outdoor grazing covenant. 73 organisations have signed this covenant to maintain grazing in the Netherlands. Participating parties include dairy farmers, feed suppliers, dairy organisations, supermarkets, NGOs and government.
Our dairy farmers do their work with respect for animals, the surroundings and the environment. They seek close cooperation with the feed sector and advisors to ensure efficient and sustainable use of resources. In their supply conditions for dairy farms, dairy organisations have set requirements, such as the use of responsible soy.
For more information about the sustainable dairy chain see www.duurzamezuivelketen.nl/en