Global Climate Task Force to deliver global climate impact reductions
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.
Denmark accounts for 0.1 per cent of the world’s CO2 emissions. If we really want to resolve the climate crisis, we must focus on cross-border collaboration. Therefore, the Danish Agriculture & Food Council is now setting up the Global Climate Task Force to develop specific initiatives aimed at minimising the global climate footprint.
“Technologies, products and know-how from the Danish food cluster are key elements in reducing food production emissions throughout the world. With a narrow domestic focus, we overlook the importance of this, and we also risk simply shifting emissions to other countries. With a global focus, we can make a significant climate difference worldwide.”
“We must obviously reduce our emissions in Denmark. But there is a need for increased political prioritisation of global climate action as a supplement to our national impact reduction target of 70 per cent by 2030. The Danish food cluster wants to continue to be part of the solution to climate change – both nationally and globally,” says Anne Lawaetz Arhnung, CEO, the Danish Agriculture & Food Council.
The Danish food cluster already supplies global climate solutions. With Danish breeding material, emissions from the pig population in China can be reduced by a quarter when the genetic material is fully utilised. Or you can reduce methane emissions by 33 per cent per litre of milk from Indian dairy cows if Danish genetics solutions are used in India. And if we look towards the United States, Danish biotech solutions in poultry production can spare the atmosphere a whopping 87 million tonnes of CO2. This is equal to removing 18 million cars from the roads of the world and far exceeds Denmark’s total annual emissions.
With even more Danish climate solutions, we can make a markedly greater difference to the global climate account. Therefore, the new Global Climate Task Force is an outstretched hand to the Danish authorities for strengthened Danish climate, export and development action.
The task force is chaired by Kristian Hundebøll, CEO of the Danish agribusiness group DLG.
“I’m looking forward to starting the work in the new climate task force. Denmark cannot solve the climate challenges on its own, but we can and must be a pioneering country that both inspires and spreads awareness of our green solutions at international level. For a number of years, we’ve been worked intensively across the Danish food industry to develop sustainable technologies, and it’s therefore also common sense that we share our green experiences,” says Kristian Hundebøll, CEO of DLG, and he continues:
“I’m also proud of the strength shown by the Danish food cluster through the agreement among ten companies across the industry on the importance of sharing our national successes with the rest of the world. Because we stand stronger in our fight against climate change if we engage in cross-sector collaboration – both nationally and internationally.
The Global Climate Task Force consists of representatives from the Danish food cluster, which is a leader in supplying solutions that reduce the climate footprint globally. They will discuss how the Danish food cluster can become an even greater part of the solution to global climate change. This will result in tangible recommendations in the form of, for example, political measures and general development opportunities. The Global Climate Task Force will complete its work in late summer 2021.