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Carbon footprint assessment and mitigation options of dairy under Chinese conditions

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Presentation to the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS)
16 October 2018, Beijing, China
Presented by Kees de Koning, Chairman Steering Committee Sino Dutch Dairy Development Centre, Wageningen University and Research Centre

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Carbon footprint assessment and mitigation options of dairy under Chinese conditions

  1. 1. Carbon Footprint Assessment and Mitigation Options of Dairy under Chinese Conditions Kick off meeting CCASF project CHINA 16/10/2018, Kees de Koning, Marion de Vries
  2. 2. Provisional agenda  Welcome and introduction of all members ● Apologies from Marion de Vries  Introduction CCASF by Lini Wollenberg  Introduction on the GHG project by prof Dong Hongmin (CAAS) and prof Li Shengli (CAU)  Nomination of project team leader(s) and work package leaders  Joint discussion on the different work packages and the time schedule  Time schedule to be discussed including all deliverables – finish Q1 2020.  List of actions on the project including afternoon and Wednesday 2
  3. 3. Objectives  Develop a model and tool that could be used to evaluate the carbon footprint of dairy cattle.  Provide practice inventory of mitigation measures for reduce carbon footprint and simultaneously result in a cost price reduction of milk. Purpose: develop a model on assessment of carbon footprint and practice inventory to significantly reduce the carbon footprint of the dairy sector in China Period: July 15th, 2018 to December 15th, 2019 Activity 1: Develop Carbon footprint model for dairy sector under China Activity 2: Develop a Database for Carbon Footprint Assessment of Dairy Cattle in China Activity 3: Assessment of carbon footprint for respective Dairy farms Activity 4: Identify the mitigation practice 3
  4. 4. Preparation from WUR side /ideas for discussion 1 More ‘impact categories’ than just GHG. Also Land Use and Land Use Change (LULUC), but also eutrophication, acidification Such categories might be important for other stakeholdes (local water quality). How to increase production per ha land / lowering GHG LCA to be modelled in such a way that we can include mitigation options like: ● Productivity, improving animal health, fertility ● Manure treatment and storage ● Feeding ratio, fodder production, import fodder 4
  5. 5. Preparation from WUR side /ideas for discussion 2  Regarding database: suggestion to connect with GFLI - Global Feed LCA Institute. Initiative from feed industry to develop databases for carbon foorprint of feed. Now database for feed(compounds) EU, Canada, & working on Brasil. Could we do such for a Chinese feed database?  Might be difficult, might need extra budget, to be discussed in this group also for use by future projects. Might be sensitive .  GFLI is based on the FeedPrint tool developed by WUR (dr Theun Vellinga) More info http://globalfeedlca.org/  How to involve stakeholders to get things moving (mitigatrion) ● First action should be identifying mitigation options. ● Manure, fodder production, feeding, animal management incl breeding. ● How to select stakeholders and how to involve them. 5
  6. 6. Data collection How to collect all data :by measurements, farm data, interviews or ? What type of data is already collected. SDDDC has several databases with farm data. ● Data on production, fertility, longevity, mortality, etc. ● Can these data be used by our project. ● Other data available on farms ● Do we have databases available regarding fodder production (eg. DM yields per ha, inputs like manure/artificial fertilizers, land use, use of pesticide and type of mechanisation ● From individual farms ● Other databases ● Is a CN database or other info about nutritional composition of local feed ingredients available? 6
  7. 7. Other aspects for discussion How to select farms What tools will be used by CAAS/CAU regarding LCA. What does the project team expect from the WUR experts in the different Work Packages? 7

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