In 2010 Royal FrieslandCampina set a clear target for its sustainability journey. It allowed the production to grow towards 2020 as long as the greenhouse gas emissions in 2020 would not exceed those of 2010. FrieslandCampina called that ‘climate neutral growth’. Today FrieslandCampina the combination of the cooperative of more than 17,000 – member dairy farmers and the company – has reached this important milestone: its total reported greenhouse gas emissions in 2020 are lower than in 2010, while its production volume grew by 13.6% in that same timeframe.
Said Hein Schumacher, CEO Royal FrieslandCampina: “I am proud we have accomplished this together: both our member farmers reducing greenhouse gases on their farms as well as our employees who have really embraced the energy transition by implementing green energy in our supply chain. This achievement underpins that we are on the right track, but also that we are not there yet. One of the priorities of our recently launched sustainability programme ‘Nourishing a better planet’ is: a better climate, a carbon neutral future. It means that there’s no time to waste, but that we have to smartly enable the next step: reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by over a third by 2030.”
2010-2020: Climate neutral growth FrieslandCampina
Added Schumacher: “Carbon neutral dairy to FrieslandCampina is about more than reducing our emissions. It is also about positive biodiversity impact and making our soil stronger for carbon sequestration. That is why it is so important that we measure our environmental impact, because what gets measured, gets done. Sustainability metrics are important for rewarding our sustainable farmers as well.” For more visit frieslandcampina.com