Proving our commitment to building a sustainable future

Published:
07 October 2019

Today, farmer owned Arla Foods announces that the company’s target to reduce total CO2 emissions with 30 per cent by 2030 has been officially approved by the Science Based Target initiative as aligned with climate science.

Halting climate change requires a fundamental transformation of the way we lead our lives on Earth to ensure a habitable planet for future generations. As of today, 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 pursue efforts to limit warming to 1.5°C, and 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,” says Kristian Østerling Eriknauer, Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility in Arla Foods and continues:

“That our target has been recognized 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,” says Kristian Østerling Eriknauer.

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

About Science Based Targets:
The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) is the leading collaboration for science based targets. The initiative use science-based target setting as a powerful way of boosting companies’ competitive advantage in the transition to the low-carbon economy.

It is a collaboration between Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), World Resources Institute (WRI), the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) and one of the We Mean Business Coalition commitments.

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.

Read more about Arla’s climate ambition here.

Read more about the SBTi here.