Sustainable dairy farming

Fossil free future

To achieve the goal of Carbon Net Zero, Arla aims to be fossil-free in the future. Today, 33% of production-related energy use comes from renewable sources.

When you see a truck in Sweden with Arla’s logo on it, you can be sure it’s running on fossil-free fuel. In Sweden, Arla has reached the goal of carbon net zero 10 years ahead of the ambitious national targets for the transportation sector.

Transport is naturally one of Arla’s major focus areas when it comes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. That’s why we’re also optimising logistic routes, educating drivers in eco-driving and investing in larger milk collection tankers to reduce the amount of fuel per tonne of milk transported. 

To reach our goal of a fossil-free future, we favour different types of renewable energy depending on national initiatives. Many of our farmer owners produce renewable electricity from solar, wind or biogas. In Germany and the Netherlands, for example, wind turbines and solar panels are very common. In Sweden, wood chips and the incineration of waste are common sources of electricity. In January 2019, our organic farmers in Denmark began covering their net electricity use on farms by buying renewable electricity certificates, just as our organic farmers in Sweden had already been doing for some time.

We’re proud to announce that Arla constructed the first carbon net zero dairy in the world when building Aylesbury in the UK. Coupled with biogas from an external provider and biogas generated from its own effluent stream, the dairy is able to run on 100% renewable sources.

Today, 33% of our onsite energy use is now coming from renewable sources. We also continue efforts to reduce our energy consumption as we increasingly and switch from fossil to renewable.