We also support farming the way it should be.
In Wisconsin and Switzerland, our farmers are committed to sustainable dairy farming and environmental stewardship. The bulk of the environmental impact of dairy products is caused in the milk production process, which is also associated with significant ethical and social issues, which is why we are dedicated to finding the most sustainable sources for our milk supply.
Sourcing milk from our backyard.
Our Wisconsin milk is sourced from Rolling Hills Co-Op right in our backyard in Monroe, Wisconsin. There, Wisconsin dairy farmers follow the National Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Program. This program raises the bar for the entire dairy industry, which in turn creates a culture of continuous improvement.
The "Suisse Garantie."
In Switzerland, Emmi only buys Swiss milk bearing the “Suisse Garantie” (Swiss guarantee) label. To bear this label, the milk must come only from producers who meet the requirements for sound environmental practice certification, such as satisfactory manure balance and the maintenance of environmentally valuable land.
Emmi Roth Saves CO2
Emmi Roth completed a solar panel installation at our Platteville plant. We implemented 1,602 JA 330-watt panels on the roof of our cheese production facility. The installation, managed by Eagle Point Solar out of Dubuque, Iowa, is reducing our carbon footprint by eliminating 14,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions from the environment during its lifetime, which is equal to saving 1.4 million gallons of gas, recycling 43,000 tons of waste or reducing coal usage by 13 million pounds. The solar panels supply 15 percent of the annual electric use of the cheese making plant. As of now, we’ve more than doubled our goal of saving 300 tons of CO2 by 2020, and have saved more than 631 tons.
Reducing our carbon footprint.
Emmi Roth has invested in a new anaerobic digester in Platteville in an effort to lower operational costs and remain environmentally responsible for the waste being produced during their cheesemaking operations. Anaerobic digestion is a series of biological processes in which microorganisms break down biodegradable material in the absence of oxygen. One of the end products is biogas, which is combusted to generate electricity and heat, or can be processed into renewable natural gas and transportation fuels. This investment in the anaerobic technology will also allow us to utilize biogas as a source of energy in the future!