Our journey so far
2003 - The Dairying and Clean Stream Accord (DCSA)
The DSCA sets targets for excluding cows from waterways and wetlands, effluent compliance and nutrient management. It was signed by DairyNZ, Fonterra, the Ministry for the Environment, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and regional councils.
2013 - Forages for Reduced Nitrate Leaching (FRNL) starts
Science-based forage production options can lead to more than 20% reduction of nitrate leaching – a DairyNZ-led FRNL programme.
2013 – Dairy Environment Leaders formed
The DairyNZ Dairy Environment Leaders movement was initiated to develop a national, farmer-led network of practically minded and environmentally conscious farmers to help support dairy farmer actions to encourage and influence a sustainable future.
2013 – Sustainable Dairying: Water Accord launched
Building off the Dairying and Clean Stream Accord, the Sustainable Dairying: Water Accord (SDWA) was launched as a voluntary and independently audited commitment from the dairy sector to improve New Zealand’s waterways.
2017 – Dairy Tomorrow Strategy
This joint sector sustainable dairy strategy is established. It includes a commitment to protect and nurture the environment for future generations, among other sustainability commitments.
2017 – Dairy Action for Climate Change
The Dairy Action for Climate Change (DACC) was developed in partnership with Fonterra and supported by MPI and MfE to support dairy farmers as they work to address on-farm methane and nitrous emissions long-term.
2018 – Three Sustainable catchment projects launched
Three new catchment-scale change projects were launched to support farmers in the Tararua, Selwyn-Hinds and Aparima Catchments to improve water quality outcomes while maintaining profitable and resilient farming businesses.
2018 - Greenhouse Gas Partnership Farms Project
This project was created to help farmers understand their on-farm options to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and what impact those actions might have not only for their environmental footprint but also on profitability.
2019 – He Waka Eke Noa
In a world-first, the primary sector, Māori and the government partnered to develop a framework for reducing emissions. This framework will ensure that, by 2025, every farm will know its greenhouse gas emission numbers and have a plan to manage them.
2019 - Climate Change Ambassadors
The Climate Change Ambassador network were established to help dairy farmers and our farming communities understand how they can make environmental improvements on their farms.
2019 – Five years of the Sustainable Dairy: Water Accord
The dairy sector launched a five-year report summarising dairy farmer achievements through the Accord. Achievements included fencing off 98% of significant waterways, installing bridges and culverts on 100% of dairy crossing points, and assessing 100% of farms for effluent management practices.
2019 – Step Change launched
DairyNZ’s Step Change programme gives farmers options for achieving environmental goals while also increasing profit.
2023 - The future – Dairy Tomorrow environmental commitment
We set out a co-ordinated sector approach to continue protecting and nurturing the environment for future generations. This is based on a report, Dairy Tomorrow – Protecting our Environment, published in 2022.