Danone ramping up efforts to curb enteric methane emissions

Acting now to reduce methane emissions will provide immediate benefits to the climate that carbon dioxide reductions cannot achieve on their own, said Danone. 

The Global Methane Hub (GMH) was set up to fund pioneering efforts to reduce methane emissions. Since its launch, the organization has raised over $300m including $200m from climate philanthropic organizations.

Its R&D Accelerator was established to invest in breakthrough research and innovation to create new scalable and practical methods for livestock farmers to mitigate enteric fermentation.

The company would not disclose the amount it is investing in the accelerator, but says it will work, via that partnership, with academic experts and technology providers to test solutions that support dossier building for regulatory approvals and that drive farming innovation in multiple countries.

“We will set up long farm term trials to ensure safety and efficacy is measured consistently and to collect data for building dossiers for approvals. Working with these experts will also ensure that trial set up, data collection and results are representative for different farming types and can be broadly applied,” Anco Van Schaik, agriculture and plant-based director, Danone, told FeedNavigator.

Farm system innovation will take different forms, depending on the local context, he continued.

Innovation along the lines of an animal diet related app providing optimal feed advice to farmers is envisaged. Such an app could have the potential to improve the health and output of cows and therefore reduce total methane emissions. In geographies where farmers already have access to technology and cows are more efficient, the approach would focus more on the use of methane blocking feed additives, said the Danone representative.