The transfer is a part of Arla Meals’ long-term technique to change into carbon impartial by 2050 and can contribute to lowering the group’s greenhouse fuel emissions by 63% by 2030. By means of the settlement, the co-op may even fulfil its promise to make use of solely renewable electrical energy throughout its Danish operations by 2025.
Attaining carbon reductions of 58,000 tons per yr, the co-op will buy electrical energy from an unsubsidized wind farm known as Nørre Økse Sø situated close to the city of Brovst in Jammerbugt Municipality.
The location, which already has a wind farm constructed on it, will obtain 11 new generators over the subsequent two years; these will start operation in November 2024, with Arla’s electrical energy provide deal coming into drive no later than January 1, 2025. The co-op’s contract with Eurowind Vitality is for 10 years, and every year, 58,000 tons of carbon shall be saved, equal to eight% of Arla’s whole CO2 footprint for scope one and two. Arla additionally receives renewable vitality from photo voltaic cells, biogas engines, and personal models from plenty of its personal farms all through Denmark.
Hanne Søndergaard, sustainability director at Arla, has welcomed the inexperienced electrical energy settlement. “Each day, we work on fulfilling our local weather objectives – each by way of manufacturing and amongst our house owners,” she stated. “This entails having the ability to produce all our merchandise with inexperienced electrical energy. The brand new settlement is subsequently an necessary milestone in our local weather work. And I’m proud that there already is readability in regards to the path to ship on this ambition.”
The dairy large has already lowered its CO2 emissions from manufacturing by 25 p.c since 2015 and its sustainability objectives, revealed intimately lately as a part of its sustainability roadmap announcement, have been permitted by the Science Based mostly Targets initiative (SBTi) as ‘constant’ with emissions reductions required to maintain international warming to 1.5⁰C. The co-op is only one of 61 meals and beverage producers on the earth to has had its targets verified by the SBTi.
Securing the contract with Eurowind Vitality additionally implies that Arla stays on observe to assembly its 100% inexperienced electrical energy goal for Europe by the top of 2025. A spokesperson for Arla instructed DairyReporter: “The Danish market has been our precedence, and we’re more than happy that we have now now reached our purpose. Work now continues in our different markets and we purpose to succeed in 100% inexperienced electrical energy by the top of 2025 [in Europe] as nicely.”
Jens Rasmussen, CEO of Eurowind Vitality, concluded: “We’re proud that Arla has chosen to enter into the settlement with us. With its bold local weather technique, Arla is main the best way and we’re blissful to have the ability to provide inexperienced electrical energy, in order that Arla can pursue its objectives and contribute to the inexperienced transition. The settlement additionally implies that we are able to construct one other subsidy-free inexperienced vitality plant. Sooner or later, we are going to enter into extra agreements of this sort to additional speed up the inexperienced transition”.