Agriculture (particularly the beef and dairy sub-sector) and transport are two intensive producers of carbon emissions.
Arla has been implementing a scheme which promises to reduce the carbon emissions of both arms of its operation: first by capturing the methane in the slurry produced by its cows, and second by using that methane to power its trucks.
Double-counting? Perhaps... but the benefits are clear, especially when it is remembered that methane is a much more potent greenhouse gas compared to carbon dioxide (in the region of 23 times more potent).
“The biogas initiative in Sweden demonstrates the potential of our farmer owners in Arla’s transition to becoming carbon net zero in 2050. We have a huge opportunity to develop the market for biogas as the cow manure from the Arla farmers in Sweden alone corresponds to 54 million litres of diesel,” says Kristian Østerling Eriknauer, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility in Arla.