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Danish farmers and our abattoirs have already reduced the carbon footprint from our pork by 25 per cent per kg since 2005. This has been verified by a life-cycle assessment (LCA) of how the carbon footprint of pork production has developed in Denmark in the period from 2005 to 2016. The LCA was performed by Aarhus University for Danish Crown.

The LCA encompasses the entire value chain from feed production until the pig is slaughtered and the meat is ready for further processing. It shows that more than 90 per cent of the climate impact from the production of Danish pork originates from pig’s time on the farm. This is primarily due to feed consumption, as feed production accounts for the largest climate impact. The second-largest source of CO2emissions from the agricultural sector is the handling of slurry.

From 2005 to 2016, the climate impact from pork production were reduced by 0.97 kg CO2-eq per kg pork. Two thirds of the reduction were achieved in agricultural operations by way of improved field exploitation for feed production, higher feed efficiency, biogas and other measures on the farm, including strict management of slurry spreading. The final third of the reduction is primarily due to better utilisation of the pig for food and by-products at our abattoirs and more energy-efficient transportation of pigs to the abattoirs.

Obviously, we must travel further along the Climate Track. Click here to read more about how our farmers and abattoirs will contribute to reduce our carbon footprint by 50 per cent by 2030.