Environment | Danone Canada


At Danone, we believe healthy eating begins with a healthy environment.

2008 - 2012 - 2020

  • In 2008, Groupe Danone set a 5-year goal to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30% in areas under its direct control.
  • End of 2012, the objective was surpassed: 35.2%
  • By 2020, Groupe Danone’s ambition is to reduce its environmental footprint by more than 50 %* and to stabilize its GHG emissions while maintaining sales growth.

Danone has identified four areas where it will invest its efforts until 2020.

Fight against climate change by reducing its environmental footprint and contributing to carbon capture and sequestration. Climate - Water - Packaging - Agriculture Protect water resources, particularly when they are rare, and using them in harmony with ecosystems and local communities.
Promote and encourage agriculture that contributes to a healthy and balanced diet while remaining competitive, creating economic and social value, and respecting natural ecosystems. Reduce packaging, promote recycled materials and focus on innovative bio-based materials.

To know more about Groupe Danone’s efforts

Discover the 2013 Sustainable Development Report

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Discover Groupe Danone’s Nature 2020 plan!

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Find out more about Danone’s initiatives in Canada!

Danone Canada measures and reduces its impact on the environment thanks to innovative practices and the collaboration of its stakeholders.

Promoting More Sustainable Agriculture

Our procurement of raw materials, including milk and fruit, accounts for the bulk of our CO2 emissions.

In 2008, Groupe Danone launched the COW2 initiative in Europe and North America (France, Belgium, United States, etc.). It involved adding extruded flaxseed to the feed of cattle and measuring its impact on dairy cows' CO2 emissions.

As part of this project, Danone Canada supported the VACCO2 scientific study led by Université Laval in 2013 and 2014 in collaboration with Valacta, FCI (Filière Conseil Ingénierie) and the Fédération des producteurs de lait du Québec.

Benefits of flaxseed:

  • Reduces CO2 emissions
  • Improves milk quality
  • Improves the well-being and productivity of the cows

Results of the study published in September 2014

CO2 Omega3 Milk Productivity
-9,4% +40% +3%

See the coverage on the program La Semaine Verte aired on Radio-Canada,
February 21st 2015.

Video only available in French.

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*Website only available in French

Limiting the Impact of our Operations on the Environment

At Danone Canada, we believe that sound waste management begins by reducing waste at the source.

Organic waste

A dedicated team of 15 people are involved in more than two dozen projects aimed at reducing waste, especially milk losses, at our Boucherville plant.

organic waste

Non-organic waste

Since 2011, we have managed to reduce the amount of non-organic waste such as cardboard and plastic:

19 percents less

of non-organic waste

4 times more

four times more waste recovered

We are also continuing our efforts to reduce our environmental footprint. For example, we have worked to optimize how our industrial equipment is washed. By recycling a portion of our cleaning solutions, we have reduced the energy, water and chemical products we consume.

Reducing Packaging at the Source

Since 2011, Danone Canada has been an innovator in creating more environmentally friendly packaging.

Expanded polystyrene


Introduction of expanded polystyrene (air bubbles) in 100-gram plastic containers
Activia, Silhouette and Creamy brands - Weight reduction: 16%

Danone action plan


Change in plastic moulding process (thermoformed instead of pre-formed) to reduce packaging weight
Oikos brand - Weight reduction: 17%

plastic moulding
19% reduction in manufacturing process


Optimization of manufacturing process for 650-gram and 750-gram containers
Activia, Silhouette and Creamy brands - Weight reduction: 19%


Removing our sleeve from the packaging of 100-gram Greek yogurt products
Activia Greek and Oikos brands: Package weight reduced by 1/3

packaging grek
packaging action plan


Danone Canada packaging action plan: continuing efforts to optimize and reduce packaging

Optimizing Logistical Flows

Through its close collaboration with its transport partners, Danone Canada constantly strives to optimize its logistical flows, thereby reducing the environmental impact from the transport of its products.

Intermodal transport

2010 - 2014 Rail shipments increased

Rail shipments increased to transport products to Western Canada


of products were shipped to Western Canada by rail in 2013

1182 fewer vehicles

This represents 1182 fewer vehicles on the road over a one-year period*

six times less CO2

A train emits six times less CO2 than regular trucks**

Natural Gas Trucks

Since 2011 Partnership with Groupe Robert

Partnership with Groupe Robert

liquefied natural gas (LNG) trucks

Fleet of liquefied natural gas (LNG) trucks

100% LNG between Quebec and Ontario

LNG trucks were used for 38% product shipments between Quebec and Ontario

25% less CO2

LNG trucks emit 25% less CO2 than regular trucks***

*Source: Natural Resources Canada
**Source: Canadian National Railway
***Source: Groupe Robert