Dairy counts for 1% of the total ingredients used by margarine manufacturer Upfield Foods, but it accounts for 63% of Upfield’s “methane footprint,” according to the company’s calculations.
Upfield, which makes I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! and other margarine brands, released a report breaking down the company’s “climate footprint.” It claims that the dairy ingredients it uses account for 8% of its climate footprint and 63% of its methane footprint.
Upfield arrived at these conclusions after a life-cycle analysis performed by Quantis, a sustainability consulting firm. It comes as the start of an initiative that will include Upfield putting carbon-footprint statistics on all its labeling, and eventually, lead to the phase-out of all dairy ingredients from its products.
“We know that our commitment to eliminate dairy from all our products in the coming years will help to reduce both our methane footprint and our overall greenhouse gas footprint,” reads a statement on Upfield’s website.