By 2050, we will be 10 billion human beings on earth. 10 billion mouths to feed. The demand for food will increase sharply. The Danish food industry is part of the solution. We will provide Danish solutions to global challenges.
The Danish food industry is launching a vision to be climate neutral by 2050, while sustaining or even increasing food production. In a partnership with Denmark and in agreement with the UN’s sustainable development goals, Denmark must lead the way, when there is a need for more food and a reduction in carbon footprint.
D’ici 2050, nous serons 10 milliards d’êtres humains sur terre. 10 milliards de bouches à nourrir. La demande en denrées alimentaires va fortement augmenter. L’industrie alimentaire danoise fait partie de la solution. Nous voulons fournir des solutions danoises pour surmonter les défis mondiaux.
It sounds almost too good to be true, but experts from Technical University of Denmark and Aarhus University estimate that agriculture can reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 50 per cent using the new SkyClean technology. At the same time, we can introduce climate neutral aviation fuel. It only requires straw, slurry, offshore wind power and a 400 million DKK investment from the Danish politicians to initiate the necessary research steps to complete the technology and use it.
On June 10th, the AGRI opinion rapporteur on the EU Climate Law, Asger Christensen (Renew Europe – Denmark) and four agricultural organisations, representing Denmark (DAFC), Finland (MTK), Ireland (IFA), and Sweden (LRF), organised an online webinar with the European Parliament ENVI and AGRI committees, on agriculture and forestry’s role in the EU Climate Law; Opinions where shared and issues highlighted by various representatives from the European Parliament (MEP’s), the Commission, farmers, and civil society stakeholders.
The EU Climate Law proposal by the European Commission is ambitious. This is a good thing for both the climate and front runner countries such as Denmark. Higher common EU ambitions further a more level playing field for Danish farmers and cooperatives on the EU internal market.
The European Parliament Envirronment Committee (ENVI) has voted to improve the Commission’s EU Climate Law proposal. New references to ‘food security’ and ‘certification of carbon removals’ add valuable elements to the Climate Law, which the Danish Agriculture and Food Council (DAFC) is very supportive of. Higher common EU ambitions further a more level playing field for Danish farmers and cooperatives on the EU internal market.
The Danish climate contribution can be measured in per mille. With global climate solutions, we can deliver improvements that can be measured in per cent. If the work for a better climate is really to make itself felt, we must think globally and ensure CO2 reductions that go beyond the borders of Denmark. Therefore, the Danish Agriculture & Food Council is setting up the Global Climate Task Force to develop specific initiatives aimed at minimising greenhouse gas emissions globally.