Climate labelling in the future?
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- 30 May 2008
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Consumers across the world are becoming increasingly aware of how their shopping habits impact on global temperatures. Arla Foods is creating an systematic overview of greenhouse gas emissions throughout the value chain.
"We want to take on our share of responsibility. Consequently, we have to analyse precisely how our energy consumption is broken down from cow to consumer," says Group Environmental Manager Jan Dalsgård Johannesen.
The calculation is being undertaken with the help of a huge diagram which shows the energy consumption and the greenhouse gas volumes emitted at each stage of the milk’s journey to the shopping trolley.
A good working tool, Jan Dalsgård Johannesen says:
"We will be able to identify best practice examples and see where we can try out other forms of energy advantageously. In the longer term, we can also use the analysis to impose demands on our suppliers," Jan Dalsgård Johannesen adds.
Other companies must start using the same labelling system
He believes, however, that it is too early to tell whether climate labelling will feature on milk cartons.
Arla Foods’ ambition is to minimise emissions and continually improve its environmental efforts throughout the production chain in order to contribute to organically sustainable development.
"We’re still in the start-up phase. The next step is to establish specific working groups and then it’s up to them to come up with recommendations. One thing is sure: if Arla Foods is to start using climate labelling, other companies must start using the same labelling system. If not, it will be misguidance rather than guidance."
Arla Foods is an international dairy company owned by 9,700 farmers from Denmark, Sweden, the UK, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Arla Foods is one of the leading players in the international dairy arena with well-known brands like Arla®, Lurpak®, Puck® and Castello®. Arla Foods is focused on providing good dairy nourishment from sustainable farming and operations and is also the world's largest manufacturer of organic dairy products.