Towards net-zero dairy supply chains

Many dairy companies want to lower their carbon footprint. Achieving this goal requires not only a solid strategy or clever use of innovations, but also concerted action. A tremendous challenge, which is why this course offers you the knowledge and tools you need to start addressing this challenge effectively. Join Wageningen Academy and Interfood, as industry sponsor, in this course to move towards a net-zero dairy supply chain.

Organised by Wageningen Academy

Mon 15 April 2024 until Wed 3 July 2024

Price EUR 3,680.00

Why follow this course?

In this course, you will learn to identify hotspots in your value chain and select the most promising innovations from a wealth of options to reduce emissions in dairy chains. The course also focuses on effective strategies to implement such innovations.

By the end of this course, professionals working in the dairy value chain:

  • know the advantages and disadvantages of the latest innovations to reduce carbon emissions along all steps in dairy production and processing;
  • have made an action plan to communicate and implement shorter and longer term adaptations to reduce carbon emissions.

Is this course for you?

Sustainability managers and CSR advisors from processing companies, suppliers, trade associations, industry organisations and retail. Consultants and other advisors in this sector are also welcome, as well as financials, government employees and others working in close relation with companies in the dairy sector.

How is it possible that some smaller players surpass big corporations? Are there smart acquisition options, or can an altered perspective yield benefits? Examples are used to help participants gain insight into which solutions work.
ir. Jan Hendrik Mica MSc, Sustainable dairy/veal farming and value chain

Programme & topics

This course consists of three parts. Part 1 focuses on impacts along the dairy chain to enable you to identify hotspots. Part 2 consists of online modules that focus on the wealth of innovations that can contribute to lower emissions. These modules consist of knowledge clips and background materials, allowing you to zoom in on the most relevant innovations for you. Part 3 focuses on the keys to successful implementation: stakeholder engagement, consumer perspectives and business models. Throughout this course, there will be group work and an individual assignment to help you develop a course of action for your own organisation. There will be contributions from several hosts and speakers from the agro industry, like: Nestlé, Friesland Campina, PPP Agro and Danone. Download the flyer for the complete list of hosts and speakers.

Block 1 (Why?) Monday-Tuesday 15-16 April

Face2Face session of 1.5 days (Module 1). This will be based at WUR campus, and includes presentations, as well as inspiring visits.

Block 2 (How?) 16 April – 25 June Online study, 6 hours per 2 weeks

Online content in which 5 critical How-to reduce emissions themes are studied over 2 weeks, The 5 modules are: 

  • Module 2: 16 – 30 April (Theme: Farm systems & animal management) Online meeting: Tuesday 30 April, 12:00-15:00                                                    
  • Module 3: 1-21 May (Theme: Feed & feed management)  Online meeting: Tuesday 21 May 12:00-15:00 
  • Module 4: 15-28 May (Theme: Manure management) Online meeting: Tuesday 28 May, 12:00-15:00 
  • Module 5: 29 May – 1 June (Theme: Dairy processing & emission reduction) Online meeting: Tuesday 11 June, 12:00-15:00 
  • Module 6: 12-25 June (Theme: Changing attitude & behaviours) Online meeting: Tuesday 25 June , 12:00-15:00 

Block 3 (Bringing it all together) Tuesday - Wednesday 2 & 3 July

Face2Face session of 1.5 days (Module 7), in which the six themes come together in a final overall perspective on reduction of Carbon emissions in the whole Dairy supply chain. This will take place at the DAIRY Campus near Leeuwarden.

Study hours

(Block 1) 1.5 days + (Block 2) 30 hours (= 5x (3 hours homework + 3 hours online meeting = 6) hours + (Block 3) 1.5 days

= TOTAL: 3 days F2F + 30 hours online including 5 online meetings

Boven Coordinated by kop + tekst toevoegen:

Practical information:


The price of € 3.680,- per person covers tuition, course materials, lunches, dinners, refreshments, field visits and transport. Please note that costs for accommodation and travel are not included in the course fee.


For participants who prefer one of more overnight stay for Block 1 (Wageningen Campus) we could recommend Hotel WICC or Fletcher Hotel, but there are more hotels nearby.

For Block 3 (Dairy Campus, Leeuwarden) we recommend WestCord WTC Hotel or Hotel Van der Valk, among others. Participants need to make their own hotel reservations.

Transport to field visits

Please note that we supply bus-transport back-and forth the campus to the field visits.

For those participants living near Nijmegen they could prefer to drive themselves directly to the farms we plan to visit on April 16th. Please take into account that after those visits the programme continues at the Wageningen Campus.


We allow 40 participants for this programme.


Based on your attendance, you will receive a certificate after the programme is finished.


Register for Towards net-zero dairy supply chains here.