In order to achieve our goal of Carbon Net Zero, we aim to be fossil free in the future. Today, 27 per cent of our production-related energy use comes from renewable sources. We will continue to reduce our energy consumption and make the switch from fossil to renewable.
Our sites are working hard to protect the environment, and we are already well on our way to a more sustainable dairy production, with 27 per cent of our energy usage on sites coming from renewable sources.
“In recent years, we have made great progress in our transformation to more sustainable operations, and we are continuously moving further in the right direction towards a fossil free future of dairy.”
Executive Vice President and Head of Supply Chain
Aylesbury is the world’s first carbon net zero dairy
When we built our dairy in Aylesbury in the UK, we ensured that it has the lowest energy requirement possible. Coupled with biogas from an external provider and biogas generated from its own effluent stream, the dairy is running on 100 per cent renewable sources. This makes Aylesbury the world’s first carbon net zero dairy.
Windmills, wood chips and solar panels
Across our European operations, we favour different types of renewable energy depending on national initiatives. In Germany and the Netherlands, for example, wind turbines and solar panels are very common.
In the Netherlands, 100 per cent of the electricity we use is renewable, most of it is generated from wind turbines on Dutch farms. In Sweden, wood chips and the incineration of waste are common sources of electricity.
Arla farmers powered by renewable energy sources
Many of our farmer owners produce renewable electricity from solar, wind or biogas and it makes up to 61 per cent of the farm’s annual usage.
From January 2019, our organic farmers in Denmark will cover their net electricity use on farm by buying renewable electricity certificates, which is what our organic farmers already do in Sweden.
100% fossil free transportation in Sweden
Transport is one of our most challenging areas when it comes to reducing emissions from greenhouse gasses so its naturally one of our big focus areas.
In Sweden, our trucks became 100 per cent fossil free in 2017. This is an impressive 10 years ahead of the ambitious national targets for the transportation sector.
Across all our core markets, we are continuously working to reduce CO2 emissions when we’re collecting milk. Here’s some examples:
- Optimising logistic routes
- Educating drivers in eco-driving
- Investing in larger milk collecting tankers to reduce the amount of fuel per tonne of milk transported
Overall, we have reduced our climate impact from transport by 12 per cent from 2005 to 2018.