November 23, 2020
Arla launches carbon net zero milk in Denmark
Dairy cooperative Arla has launched its carbon net zero milk in Denmark on November 16, following its launch in Sweden last year.
"Our ambition is clear: Carbon net zero by 2050. And while we are constantly improving and reducing our climate impact, there are still many challenges to solve," Arla said. It added that it would "takes time to change the biological processes involved in dairy production."
The cooperative further elaborated: "…while we are working on long term solutions, there is a way for us to create carbon neutral products right here and now. It's called climate compensation...it means that we are investing in projects that absorb the same amount of carbon that we are emitting."
Referring to the Danish launch of its carbon net zero milk, Arla explained: "The 90 million litres of milk sold each year within the Arla ØKO range - the range we are now making carbon neutral - emits 123,000 tonnes of CO2. And that includes all steps from cow to consumer. We will now invest in different projects that combined absorb no less than the same amount of CO2, resulting in a total emission of zero. Climate neutrality."
"We and our farmer-owners work hard every day to reduce the climate impact of every litre of Arla milk," said Hanne Søndergaard, Arla's executive vice president of sustainability.
"We are making great progress and we are among the world's most climate efficient dairy producers. Climate compensation is a sensible step to take while continuing our efforts."