Energy intelligent transport
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- 23 April 2008
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When, in early March, Peder Tuborgh stood on the freezing cold floor of Slagelse Dairy Centre in Denmark and presented Arla Foods’ climate targets, it was not only the media representatives who took note.
”By 2020, CO2 emissions from Arla Foods must be reduced by 25 per cent from the current level,” Peder Tuborgh announced to the assembled group.
Colleagues who are working with bulk farm tanking (the transport of milk from the farms to the dairies), also listened with interest. Even before the climate objectives had been announced, the department had already cut diesel consumption by six per cent.
“The climate target is clearly a target we’ll achieve and we’re well on our way. With the current sky-high energy prices, it also makes economic sense to chose energy intelligent solutions. The environment and a sound financial base go hand in hand in our department” says Logistics Manager for bulk farm tanking Anders Beck Larsen.
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Three focus areas
- More biofuels in the tank
In Sweden, bio fuel is already old news. Several of Arla Foods’ lorries already run on five per cent biodiesel - which is set to become a legal requirement within the EU from 2010.
In Denmark, Arla Foods is embarking on an experiment aimed at establishing the amount of biodiesel required to fill a tank and still achieve good fuel economy. The experiment is being carried out in Holstebro in conjunction with DAKA which produces biodiesel from animal waste products.
2. Environmental-friendly driving
Two years ago, a registration system, Co-Drive, was installed in Danish tankers. Uniquely, this enables drivers to compare driving styles and exchange ideas when the statistics are posted up in garages. The introduction of the system, combined with a course in environmental-friendly driving, has reduced diesel consumption by 6 per cent.
“By the end of 2008, 80 per cent of Danish bulk farm tank drivers will have participated in the course,” explains Transport Manager Peter Sørensen. “But the course organiser says that the drivers have become so good at energy-friendly driving they almost don’t need to learn anymore.”
3. Increased efficiency
Service and Purchasing Manager Kurt Dürr is responsible for the purchase of new lorries. Whenever a vehicle is due for replacement, he takes a close look at how environmental-friendly the engine is and compares this with the costs.
”But it’s clear that when the company announces such an ambitious climate plan like this, investments must be made available in order for us to achieve a frontline position when it comes to cutting-edge driving technology.”
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.
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.