Arla reacts to the conclusion of the green tripartite

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Arla reacts to the conclusion of the green tripartite
25 June 2024
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In connection with the conclusion of the green tripartite in Denmark, Peder Tuborgh, CEO of Arla Foods, states the following:

Throughout the process, we have said that Arla, Arla’s farmers, and the Danish people fundamentally want the same thing: To have high-quality Danish food with a low climate footprint. We are convinced that we can achieve our climate goals through voluntary measures. We have a clear plan for this, and we are delivering on it. Over the past 2 years, we have reduced nearly 1 million tons of CO2e across the entire Arla Foods—through our own initiatives and with the help of data, advice, and financial incentives. Depending on the exact calculation, this is a significant portion of the shortfall that the entire Danish agriculture sector needs to deliver by 2030. In Denmark alone, we have reduced by 0.21 million tons over the past two years.

It is positive that there is now a broadly anchored agreement that allows us to look forward. We can see clear fingerprints from Agriculture & Food in the agreement, and they have done a great job landing an agreement together with the government and, among others, the Danish Society for Nature Conservation.

Our farmers are already engaged in the green transition. Arla has created a financial sustainability supplement model to support our farmers in reducing their farm’s climate footprint. In short: The more climate and sustainability measures an Arla farmer implements, the more they are paid for their milk. Every single year, we conduct climate checks on all farms, a model that has now spread to the rest of the dairy sector.

It is crucial for us that farmers who genuinely do everything they can to reduce their emissions are not subjected to a tax now or in the future. Therefore, it is essential that the tax base for a CO2 tax is solely based on emissions for which there are means to eliminate. If there is to be any incentive for making a green transition, one should not be economically penalized if they take the right measures on the farm. We are aware that, as the agreement stands now, it may have some consequences for, among others, our organic farmers, who currently do not have the same means available. This needs to be examined further.

The Green Tripartite Agreement recommends carrying out the largest redistribution of land in Danish history, including setting aside 250,000 hectares for new forests and 140,000 hectares of low-lying lands. It is positive that the location of the withdrawn land is determined locally, and that the selection focuses on multifunctional areas where the withdrawal can support agriculture, biodiversity, and climate adaptation.

There is demand for dairy products worldwide, and with population growth, it requires up to 50 percent more food. We want to be part of delivering these foods and thereby ensure that people across the globe get nutritious food produced with as low an impact as possible.

We now look forward to thoroughly reading the recommendations and following the upcoming political process.

Arla Foods is an international dairy company owned by more than 8,400 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.

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