We know that Canadians want high-quality products that are not simply good for them, but are sourced and produced in sustainable ways. 

Creating a sustainable future is important for dairy processors, too.

Canada’s dairy processors know that each of us have a role to play in improving our environmental impact of our sector and creating a sustainable future for Canada’s agri-food sector. 

Canada’s dairy processors are taking steps to measure and address our industry’s carbon footprint. identify ways to reduce the waste created in our supply chain, and improve both the energy efficiency and water usage of our operations. This commitment also means improving our impact once products leave our plants. Dairy processors are committed to reducing packaging waste by finding solutions to recyclable, reusable packaging materials. 

To demonstrate the industry’s commitments, DPAC is proud to be an implementing partner of the Canada Plastics Pact, a signatory to the Dairy Declaration of Rotterdam, and an advocate for government investment in the types of clean technologies needed to create a more sustainable future for Canada’s agri-food sector. 

Dairy processing is just one part of a product’s journey from farm to table. That is why DPAC is committed to working collaboratively with Canada’s dairy farmers in order to continuously improve our sector’s environmental impact. 

Supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Canada’s dairy sector has committed to promote sustainability throughout the supply chain through its support for the Dairy Declaration of Rotterdam

This initiative led by the International Dairy Federation (IDF) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations recognizes the important role that dairy plays in supporting global nutrition, economic development, and environmental stewardship. Canada’s dairy sector, along with others around the world who have signed the declaration, commit to taking an integrated approach to sustainability guided by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Reducing plastic waste and supporting a circular economy 

Reducing plastic waste is a key component of reducing dairy’s impact on the Canadian environment and the dairy processing industry knows it needs to do its part to support a circular economy. That is why DPAC is a proud implementing partner of the Canada Plastic Pact. DPAC has committed to support Canada’s dairy processors in meeting CPP’s ambitious 2025 plastic-reduction targets, including:

  1. Defining a list of plastic packaging designated as problematic or unnecessary & take measure to eliminate them
  2. Supporting efforts towards 100% of plastic packaging being designed to be reusable, recyclable or compostable
  3. Ensuring that at least 50% of plastic packaging is effectively recycled or composted
  4. At least 30% recycled content across all plastic packaging

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