From Crop to Consumption

Arla Foods aims for carbon net-zero dairy

Europe’s largest dairy cooperative, Arla Foods, has announced its ambition to have carbon net-zero operations by 2050.

By 2050, its operations from cow to consumer will be carbon net zero, with any unavoidable emissions entirely offset by improvements elsewhere in the supply chain. It will also balance nitrogen and phosphorus cycles to support clean water systems, and be even more closely aligned with nature to further increase biodiversity across Britain’s countryside.

These new targets come after the cooperative, owned by 10,300 farmers across the UK, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, the Netherlands, and Belgium shows business growth can be achieved without environmental impact. While Arla has managed more than 40% more milk since 2005, its CO2 emissions have reduced by 22% across production and packaging; on farms, CO2 emissions per kilo of milk have reduced by 24% since 1990.

Arla Foods UK Managing Director Ash Amirahmadi commented: "One of the greatest challenges facing us all is providing natural, nutritious food for a growing population whilst reducing our collective impact on the world around us. Arla has already shown this is possible and the new ambitions announced today will ensure Arla’s farmers, production sites and products continue to play their part in developing a sustainable world for everyone."

Whilst the targets are ambitious and will require radical changes across its business in the decades to come, Arla believes they are possible given the rapid pace of change in technology and ever-increasing on-farm efficiencies.