Yili Group’s dairy factory becomes ‘China’s first’ carbon-neutral food facility

Last year, Yili Yunnan Dairy also received the first ‘green electricity certificate’ in China’s food industry, following a steady decline in its total energy consumption

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Chinese dairy products producer Yili Group’s dairy factory has become the first food facility of its kind in China to achieve the carbon-neutral status.

It received the PAS 2060 certification on carbon neutrality from Bureau Veritas after successfully completing a carbon inventory assessment and passing the China Certified Emission Reductions (CCER) in February 2022.

In 2020, Yili was said to have become the first Chinese dairy producer to commit to becoming carbon-neutral after China announced its commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060.

Bureau Veritas said it believes Yili will “take carbon neutrality as an opportunity and leverage technological innovations” to promote green development, playing a “pioneering and leading role” in China’s dairy industry.

Last year, Yili Yunnan Dairy also received the first ‘green electricity certificate’ in China’s food industry, following a steady decline in its total energy consumption, falling 15.7% year-on-year to 28.77 kilograms per ton in 2021.