Carbon Neutral milk launch – Here’s how it works

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Carbon Neutral milk launch – Here’s how it works
Published:
16 November 2020

Today we are launching carbon net zero milk in Denmark, following the launch in Sweden last year. But can a dairy product be carbon neutral? Yes and no. Read on to understand how it works.

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. And it takes time to change the biological processes involved in dairy production. You can’t just tell a cow not to burp methane into the atmosphere.

But 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 and it can be a bit difficult to understand. But let’s dive right in, shall we?

What exactly is climate compensation?

In short, it means that we are investing in projects that absorb the same amount of carbon that we are emitting. Take this new launch in Denmark for example:

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 CO2e. 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 CO2e 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. 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”, says Hanne Søndergaard, Executive Vice President for sustainability.

Read Hanne Søndergaard's thoughts on carbon neutral here: https://www.arla.com/food-for-thought/sustainability/why-we-think-carbon-compensation-is-the-next-best-thing/

Read more about climate compensation here: https://www.arla.com/articles/can-milk-be-carbon-neutral)