Dean Foods revises sustainability goals to 2020

by Eric Schroeder
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DALLAS — Dean Foods Co. has revised its environmental sustainability goals to better align with the broader dairy industry timing for greenhouse gas reductions and better reflect customer expectations and consumer demands.

Dean’s previous 2013 Environmental Roadmap called for a 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and 30% reductions in both water usage and solid waste by 2013 from the company’s 2007 baseline. The new goals for 2020 now call for a 25% reduction in greenhouse gases, a 50% decrease in solid waste and a 35% reduction in water use. Several new goals also have been established, including a 20% decrease in energy use and 80% increase in recycling by 2020.

Through 2011, Dean said it had reduced greenhouse gases by 8.4%, water use by 10.5% and solid waste by 21%.

The company also said it plans to set new goals for zero-waste plants, packaging and sustainable supply by the end of 2013.

“We set aggressive sustainability goals for our business in 2008, and we’re proud of the progress we’ve made so far,” said Gregg Tanner, president of the company’s Fresh Dairy Direct business unit and chief supply chain officer for Dean. “We are committed to speaking openly and transparently about our progress and shortfalls, and then realigning on new, expanded, and more accurate and achievable goals.”

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