October 8, 2019

Arla's goal of 30% carbon emissions reduction approved by Science Based Target



Dairy co-op Arla Foods has announced that the company's target to reduce total CO2 emissions by 30% by 2030 has been officially approved by the Science Based Target initiative as aligned with climate science.


The Science Based Target is a collaboration between Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), World Resources Institute (WRI), and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).


As of October 7, Arla Foods joins 27 food and beverage companies globally who have taken a forward-thinking stance on climate change by adopting science-based targets.


A science-based greenhouse gas reduction target is in line with keeping the global temperature increase below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to further limit warming to 1.5°C, thereby avoiding severe climate change consequences.


"In Arla, we have worked towards sustainable production for years. CO2 per kilo of Arla milk is already about half the global average, but our ambitions are even higher," said Kristian Østerling Eriknauer, vice president of corporate social responsibility in Arla Foods.


"That our target has been recognised by the Science Based Targets initiative underlines our eagerness and willingness to contribute to tackling climate change and to remain a key actor for a lower carbon economy. Arla will continue to chase our ambitions and targets, as we strive towards carbon net zero in 2050."


The target covers the whole value chain from cow to consumer and addresses the areas climate, air, water and nature.


The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) is a leading collaboration for science-based targets. The initiative use science-based target to set a solid manner of boosting companies' competitive advantage in the transition to the low-carbon economy.


The initiative defines and promotes best practice in science-based target setting, offers resources and guidance to reduce barriers to adoption, and independently assesses and approves companies' targets.


- Arla