Lidl and Wyke Farms team up to develop ‘carbon neutral’ cheese
Lidl and dairy supplier Wyke Farms have joined forces in a bid to create what the discounter claimed would be the first carbon neutral cheddar to be listed in a UK supermarket.
The project will see Lidl work directly with Wyke and its farming base to implement sustainable farming and business practices and facilitate the purchase of carbon credits – permits that allow a company to emit a certain amount of CO2 emissions.
Specific efficiency measures set to be taken included cutting down on fertiliser use, converting farms to deforestation-free feed or using low food-mile feedstuffs. Meanwhile, the carbon credits are to come under the standards of climate NGO The Gold Standard Foundation.
The entire scheme is set to be audited by The Carbon Trust, the retailer said.
Lidl claimed its Wyke-supplied cheddar would reach carbon neutrality by the end of 2021, stopping the emission of 22.5 million kilograms of CO2 per year.Source: The Grocer