Our responsibility

Sustainable Dairy Production

We have a natural interest in high animal welfare standards, milk quality and state-of-the-art production. We strive for the best environmental practices, and work to continuously reduce our environmental impact, all the way from the farm to the consumer.

Climate impact & Resource efficiency

We continue to reduce our climate impact and optimise use of resources along our entire supply chain – from cow to consumer, despite increased production, within the areas of production, transport and packaging.

Our 2020 target is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25 per cent - using 2005 as our baseline. In order to achieve these targets we will work with activities in our full value chain including farms, transport, production and packaging.

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Sustainable Dairy Farming Strategy

We source milk and other agricultural material which have been farmed in a sustainable manner.

We target a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions at farm level by 30% per kilo milk from 1990 – 2020.


  • In 2015 the carbon footprint from Arla farms was reduced by 23% compared to 1990
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  • Use of sustainable bio-fuel in trucks
  • Training drivers to drive in an environmentally friendly way
  • Increase fuel efficiency by 1% annually


  • To date, we have succeeded in decreasing our CO2 emissions with 12.4% despite increased production.

Energy and water

We will reduce energy and water consumption with 3% annually within our operations and reduce fuel for transportation with 1% .


  • In 2016, water and energy consumption both decreased by 0.7%.
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Renewable Energy

We will continuously reduce energy consumption and switch from fossil to renewable energy sources.
By 2020, 50% of the energy used within our operations will be from renewable resources. This means minimising our use of fossil oil and gas and switching to renewable energy sources such as biomass and/or biogas.


  • In 2016, 21.2% of our energy usage came from renewable sources


We work together with our suppliers, researchers and key customers to continuously diminish the environmental impact from the packaging material we use, for example by reducing the weight of individual packaging formats without compromising functionality. At the same time we strive to use renewable raw materials and we want to achieve 100% recyclable packaging materials.


  • All corrugated material delivered to sites in Denmark and Sweden is now 100% FSC certified.
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Zero waste to landfill

We want to eliminate waste to landfill from production. Waste product is used for animal feed or biogas production. Solid waste is recycled or reused in cooperation with waste management suppliers. 

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Food waste

We want to help consumers in their efforts to reduce food waste by 50%. We provide, for example, online tips and tricks for using leftovers including shopping lists, weekly dinner plans and climate friendly recipes.

If we have surplus products that cannot be sold, we donate to charitable food banks where possible.