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 (Nordic multinational dairy company), explained how the company is working with their members to implement a plan to reduce the carbon footprint of milk production.
Today, ARLA pays according to fat and protein in the 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.
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.
“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.