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Environmental management

Dairy manufacturers are improving

their ability to manage their

environmental performance

through participating in

government-led voluntary and

compulsory programs, developing

environmental management

systems, and working with external

parties to improve environmental

performance. All larger and many

smaller companies have also begun

to employ dedicated environmental

managers who are responsible for

meeting regulatory compliance

requirements and minimising

environmental impacts.

Least important

Most important

10.0

9.0

8.0

7.0

6.0

5.0

4.0

3.0

2.0

1.0

0.0

Min Average

Water availability

Energy efficiency

Max

Greenhouse emissions

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Carbon trading

Figure 21: Environmental issues.

Solid waste management

Packaging

Salinity

Hazardous waste

Environmental issues

Dairy manufacturers are required to manage a

range of environmental issues, which can have a

significant impact on the operation of a company.

Manufacturers were requested to rank eight

environmental issues in order of concern for their

company. Water availability and energy efficiency

registered the highest levels of concern for most

respondents.

It is clear from the spread of results that

environmental issues are highly site specific,

most likely varying according to local

environmental conditions, government

regulations and the availability of services and

resources. This is demonstrated by the minimum

and maximum ratings recorded for each issue. It is

interesting to note the lowest rank given to energy

by any one site was five indicating that, although

on average water was the biggest concern, energy

issues were given a high priority rating by all sites

across Australia.

Some sites chose to nominate wastewater as an

additional environmental issue of concern for

their site. Some noted they were struggling to

meet discharge requirements, while others have

made large investments in wastewater treatment

systems.

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