Photo: Danish Agriculture and Food Council
New centre for climate and sustainability
Climate and sustainability are high on the food industry’s agenda. In Denmark, agriculture is taking a step further and creating a new centre to assist agriculture meet the challenges of the future.
Danish agriculture’s knowledge and innovation entity, SEGES, owned by the Danish Agriculture and Food Council, has established the Centre for Climate and Sustainability, which will help farmers and the agriculture and food industry to develop production while reducing their climate footprint.
Danish agricultural production is among the most sustainable in the world and has one of the lowest climate footprints. The ambition is to expand this position for the benefit of farmers, the food sector and society as a whole.
"Danish agriculture has set itself the goal of being climate neutral by 2050. This is highly ambitious and requires specific, effective solutions across the value chain, says Ejnar Schultz, Director of SEGES.
The Centre for Climate and Sustainability will be the focus for coordinating agriculture’s commitment to reducing its climate footprint and increasing sustainability – whether this relates to the environment, animal welfare and biodiversity or the farmer’s economic conditions and a good workplace. The centre, therefore, will co-operate with food companies and the finance and energy sectors.
Specific initiatives to reduce the climate footprint
The food industry in Denmark will be climate neutral by 2050 and Denmark has passed climate legislation to reduce its climate impact by 70 per cent by 2030.
"This is a major task, where we have to find new ways of working. However, it also offers agriculture new possibilities because we also have some of the solutions that society can use. It is therefore important that the agricultural sector intensifies its work to reduce its climate footprint. This requires cooperation and the coordination of activities and initiatives,” says Hans Roust Thysen, Climate Manager at SEGES and Head of the Centre for Climate and Sustainability.
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“Our work will be focused on finding specific climate solutions with a proven effect, and which can be converted into practice for individual farmers", says Hans Roust Thysen.
“We believe that the centre can help to create even better solutions and results for agriculture. We also want to tell the world around us about the good results that are being created in agriculture and how individual farms are working to increase sustainability,” says Hans Roust Thysen.