VikingNews Global 2-2019 FINAL - Page 12



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At our most recent VikingAcademy, which is a forum
where we meet our Global Distributors, Poul Bank
Pettersson, Director, Regional Manager and Member
relations Denmark from Arla Foods, explained how the
company is working with their members to implement a
plan to reduce the carbon footprint of milk production.
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milk, but in the future, it will put extra value on milk
produced on a farm that is more sustainable.
Consumer demands will focus far more on climate issues in
the future. Young people, far removed from dairy business,
will drive this focus.
ARLA Food has identified three main areas where they
will focus on accelerating what they call the “green transition” towards 2050. Aligned with the climate goals of Carbon Net Zero by 2050 agreed at the United Nations, these
three areas are: Better climate: Carbon net Zero, Clean air
and water: Nitrogen and phosphorus Cycles in balance, and
more nature, i.e. greater biodiversity and access to nature.
“We plan to visit all our dairy farmers and explain how
they can work more efficiently. We are going to measure
the carbon footprint of every farm in 2020, after which we
will know exactly where each of our 11,000 owners are in
terms of carbon footprint at herd level. This is the first step
for us and will give us data on where we are regarding
climate challenges and implementing our green transition
towards 2050,” says Poul Bank Petterson.
Milk production is an important contributor to greenhouse gases. Cows produce methane gas and each kilo of
methane gas corresponds to 28 kg of CO2, according to
scientific calculations. Greenhouse gas emissions at farm
level come from enteric fermentation, manure handling and
storage, feed production, fuel and electricity etc. However,
the industry also intends to offset such emissions with
carbon sequestration.
“Our long-term aim is to implement the sustainability
compass,” Petersson said while explaining that in addition
to this focus on climate, other factors such as animal
welfare, the responsible use of antibiotics, people, air,
water and nature will also play a crucial role in this strategy.
“Dairy farmers are already doing all they can to cope
with climate new challenges, but there is room to improve
in term of more efficient practices in the dairy industry,”
he says.
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vikingnews | November 2019
VikingGenetics
represented at the Climate
Change Summit 2019
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t the 2019 climate change summit in New
York, Professor Niels Peter Nørring, Climate
Director of Sustainability, the Environment
& EU, Danish Agriculture & Food Council presented a
plan on how Denmark is strategically preparing its
path to becoming climate-neutral by 2050.
VikingGenetics plays a major role in this plan.
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Greenhouse gas emissions at farm level
(incl. input to farm)
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