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The Climate Track is part of Danish Crown’s sustainability programme for the development towards more sustainable meat production at our farms. Our farmers on the Climate Track undertake to cooperate with us on sharing production data and information that specifically support Danish Crown’s climate vision and climate goal of reducing its carbon footprint by 50 per cent by 2030.

In Denmark, we have since 2019 supplemented our sustainability programme with a certification scheme based on our internal sustainability standard, which is adapted to pig farmers and producers of ‘Dansk Kalv’. In practice, this means our farmers define their own targets for how operations should improve on selected parameters. They draw up action
plans for how they intend to achieve the targets and regularly report selected operational data and information to Danish Crown within the areas of climate, animal welfare and social responsibility. Certification is carried out by an independent certification body which audits the farmers at least every three years, reviewing data, targets and action plans.

We are constantly working to strengthen the content of our sustainability standard and certification guidelines as we gradually include Sweden, Poland and Germany on the Climate Track in the period until 2024.

In 2020/21, we launched several initiatives to lift the certification scheme to a new level in the period until 2022. First, we have established an ethics certification committee with external experts, who will regularly evaluate both our sustainability standard and the certification scheme and provide advice in connection with future changes and improvements. Next, we are working to align our sustainability standard to the Codes of Good Practice for effective and credible sustainability systems issued by ISEAL Alliance (International Social & Environmental Accreditation and Labeling). Lastly, we will develop a process for group certifications, primarily targeting groups of small producers of pigs and cattle.

Target

By 2024, 100 per cent of our cooperative owners and contract suppliers of slaughter animals in Denmark, Sweden, Poland and Germany will be following the Climate Track.

SDGs

We support targets 2.4 and 12.2 by promoting sustainable food production systems and resilient agricultural practices as well as sustainable management of natural resources.

Parameters in our sustainability programme

Pig and cattle producers under the sustainability programme collect and systematically
record data and information about their farms, focusing on the following sustainability
parameters:

Climate/the Climate Track

  • Production efficiency
  • Feed composition
  • Production of feed crops
  • Livestock housing systems and technologies
  • Slurry handling and biogas

Animal welfare

  • Diseases and mortality
  • Use of antibiotics

Social responsibility

  • Workplace assessments
  • Employment contracts

Progress in Denmark

Danish farmers on the Climate Track are focused on reducing the climate impact of their farms by optimising parameters such as feed efficiency, feed composition and the handling of livestock slurry, which are the major items in the farms’ climate accounting.

About 62 per cent of the emissions from our Danish slaughter pigs derives from feed production and consumption, while emissions from barns account for 20 per cent. Slurry storage and delivery account for 12 per cent, while other parameters represent six per cent, which primarily covers emissions relating to construction and associated services.

Overall, our pigs on the Climate Track have a calculated emission level of 2.46 kg CO2e/kg live weight in 2020/21. All farmers have defined specific goals for reducing emissions at their farms. The implementation of farmers’ 3 years targets for pigs will expectedly result in a decrease in emissions to 2.38 kg CO2e/kg live weight within 2022/23.

Our Danish slaughter calves have a calculated emission level of 10.6 kg CO2e/kg live weight in 2020/21. Feed consumption accounts for 36 per cent, while barn emissions (including enteric methane) accountfor 39 per cent.

Milestones for slaughter animals on the
Climate Track

2024

  • 100% of Polish pigs and cattle produced under contract

2023

  • 100% of Swedish beef cattle produced under contract
  • 100% of Swedish lamb

2022

  • 100 % of Danish dairy cattle
  • 100 % of Danish free-range cattle
  • 100 % of Swedish dairy cattle
  • 100 % of German organic pigs and ITW pigs (Initiative Tierwohl)

2021

  • 100 % of ‘Dansk Kalv’
  • 100 % of Swedish pigs

2020

  • 100 % of Danish pigs, including free-range pigs