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Global Climate Taskforce launches 15 proposals to deliver multiple climate effects
In April 2021, we wrote about how the Danish Agriculture & Food Council has established the Global Climate Taskforce to reduce the global food industry’s carbon footprint. The taskforce comprises representatives who are in a position to deliver climate solutions to the Danish food sector. At the start of 2021, the newly established Climate Council embarked on a programme of work which would result in tangible recommendations, political measures and development opportunities. The Global Climate Taskforce has now put forward 15 recommendations which could lead to multiple global climate effects.
Demand for climate solutions from the Danish food cluster is expected to increase over the coming years due to the growth in the global population, climate change and the increased need for more sustainable food production. But how can Danish companies unleash their great potential so as to make environmental-friendly solutions available to food and agricultural production world-wide? This challenge has been addressed by the Global Climate Taskforce and their 15 recommendations.
The 15 initiatives from the Global Climate Taskforce have been divided into five main segments
- Export promotion and partnerships
- EU’s farm to fork strategy, food & agricultural research
- Development and market maturity
- Better documentation
- Faster approval procedures
A strong food cluster with a target of 70% CO2 reduction by 2030
The Danish food cluster is already taking the initiative to reduce the world’s climate footprint. In practice, regional development in genetics is contributing to a reduction in methane emissions from Indian dairy cows and another company is supplying climate-declared feed for livestock. But with the recommendations, food companies are also sending out a political signal that there is a need for a greater global input to the target for a 70 per cent reduction to Denmark’s emissions.