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Danish agriculture among the most climate-efficient

Denmark has taken up the fight against climate change. An international report compiled by the World Resources Institute reveals that Denmark’s pig and dairy industries have one of the lowest carbon footprints in the world. This marks another important step towards a climate neutral Danish food cluster by 2050.

The Danish food industry aims to be at the forefront of the climate fight. The Danish Agriculture & Food Council therefore commissioned an analysis of greenhouse gas emissions from pig and dairy production.

Sponsored and co-financed by DAFC
The report, which contains a comparison of climate emissions from various countries’ agricultural productions, was published in the summer of 2020 and was carried out by the internationally renowned World Resource Institute. The Danish Agriculture & Food Council was one of its sponsors.

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High feed conversion results in low CO2 emissions
The report shows that Danish pig production’s low greenhouse gas emissions are due to a number of factors, including the fact that Danish pig production has a high feed conversion rate compared to other countries. Moreover, Denmark’s cooler weather and the way in which the country handles its livestock manure has a significant impact on pig production’s lower carbon footprint. By way of comparison, 1 kg of Brazilian pig meat impacts the climate approximately 80 per cent more than 1 kg of Danish pig meat.

Download: WRI-Report

Report will help Denmark’s food production to continue to deliver climate solutions
Denmark wishes to have a prominent role in delivering climate solutions. For that reason, the results from the analysis have formed part of the discussions into finding solutions to national and global carbon emissions.

Global collaboration on carbon reduction for a more sustainable future
The report from the World Resources Institute is relevant in terms of the Danish food sector’s climate target for a climate neutral food sector by 2050. The report contributes new insight into how the Danish food cluster can achieve its climate target. At the same time, the food industry wishes to collaborate across national borders to bring about a reduction in carbon emissions. Global collaboration on carbon reduction will also ensure a more sustainable and more competitive future for the global food industry.

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