UK dairy processors have cut energy use for the eighth year in a row to meet their targets under the government’s Climate Change Agreement.

Dairies and creameries have saved 40,000t of carbon dioxide emission since 2000, according to figures from Dairy Energy Savings (DES), which administers the agreement in the dairy sector.

DES chairman Gerry Sweeney said the dairy sector now used 11% less energy to produce each pint of milk or block of cheese than it did eight years ago.

“This is more great news for the environment. Dairy foods, which account for £8bn of retail sales every year, are becoming greener.”