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What’s causing climate change?
Climate on earth has always been changing. However, since the early 1950’s we have seen an extraordinary temperature rise. This man-made global warming is largely caused by the increasing burning of fossils fuels, which emits carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere that traps the sun’s heat.

Other greenhouse gasses such as methane from, for example, cows are emitted in smaller quantities, but they trap heat far more effectively than CO2 – which is why we must consider our climate impact in a broader spectrum.

Farming and food production are undeniably linked to our changing climate. Not least as the fast-growing population on earth needs to be fed. Through CO2 and methane emissions in food and meat production, our industry both contributes to environmentally impacting greenhouse gases and feels the consequences of their effect. Since Danish Crown, together with the rest of the food industry – from restaurant owners to food retailers –, are part of the problem, we must all work hard to be part of the solution. That is why it is crucial for us to protect and safeguard the earth which we all depend on - now and in the future.

The transition towards a more sustainable Danish Crown is well on its way. Our ambitions are high and every day we are taking steps in the right direction.

Our ambitions are high and every day we are taking steps in the right direction.

The ambition of climate neutral meat

Today, meat is part of many people’s diet worldwide and a source of vital protein. Just as it should be into the future, but never at the expense of our planet. So, Danish Crown has developed an ambitious sustainability strategy to ensure a green transition in every line of our entire operation.

Our goal for 2030 is to emit 50 percent less greenhouse gasses than in 2005, and by 2050, it is our vision that Danish Crown’s meat production will be completely (net) climate neutral.

Achieving our sustainability goals takes great effort and requires fundamental changes in every aspect of our operation – from farming practices to food packaging. It calls for both big and small initiatives. Solutions that are both common sense and at the cutting edge of innovation. From responsibly produced soy for pigs feed, to more climate-friendly packaging, to turning slurry from our family farms into biogas and green energy.

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We see a future in 2050 where our meat production will be climate neutral (net)

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That is how much we will reduce the climate impact of our meat production by 2030 compared to 2005

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of the pigs delivered to our Danish slaughterhouses come from farmers following our Climate Track

Farmers following the Climate Track

The transition is well on its way: Today, 90 percent of all Danish Crown pigs delivered to our Danish abattoirs come from farmers that follow our high sustainability standards. The fulfilment of these standards are furthermore controlled by an independent third-party agency – and by 2021, we are on track to reach 100 percent. That means pigs that are raised at Danish farms who have chosen to follow the Climate Track. The Climate Track ensures that each farm has defined goals and actions to transform the farm into a more sustainable operation.

Farmers following the Climate Track have already made great progress by investing in small initiatives, such as LED lighting and energy saving fans in the stables, to bigger initiatives, such as increasing the already high percentage of locally produced feed and undertaking frequent slurry leaching to reduce the emission of methane. With these and many other initiatives like them, our farmers have already taken major steps in a more sustainable direction. The journey is long, but we are getting there, step by step towards a more sustainable future for food.

 

 

Higher quality. Lower footprint.

Today, Danish Crown is one of the world’s biggest exporters of pork and our products are wanted all over the globe. Why? Perhaps it is because we have always insisted on delivering top quality meat. We will keep insisting on quality – but going forward, we will also measure quality by considering the climate footprint of every cut.

We have already made great progress: Danish farmers have together with our Danish abattoirs already reduced our climate footprint by 25 percent per kilo of pork since 2005, through e.g. optimisation of feed, better energy control and using manure for biogas.

A trusted supplier to the UK food service sector

Danish Crown has been exporting bacon to England since 1887. It was our very first export market. Today, we are supplying the UK foodservice sector with safe and high-quality meat, made in a sustainable way, providing everything from Pure Pork, sausages, bacon and gammon. Our product range also includes beef and lamb. 

We hold long-standing relations with British BBQ smokehouses and pubs, premium steakhouses, restaurants, retailers and a lot of other great people within the food industry. Visit our Food Service website to get to know more or contact us via generalenquiriesUK@danishcrown.com