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Danish Crown Reducing CO<sub>2</sub> Emissions

by 5m Editor
7 October 2008, at 5:11pm

DENMARK - Danish Crown has reduced carbon dioxide emissions per pig by 30 per cent over the last twenty years, and each production site is working hard to make further cuts in greenhouse gas output.

Climate has been on Danish Crown's environmental agenda for many years. A new climate change strategy means that the group is obliged to continue the work for reduction of emission of greenhouse gases in the production, says Charlotte Thy, Environmental Manager.

Danish Crown started to work on this issue long before anyone started talking about environment. Focusing on the issue now is nothing new. As a world-leading food producer, Danish Crown wishes to show the consumers that they are aware of our responsibility in connection with environmental challenges, she says.

Carbon Dioxide Objectives

"Through specific projects, we have managed to reduce the group's carbon dioxide (CO2) emission by 29 per cent per pig since 1988. Among other things, optimizing cooling equipment and heat recovery have contributed to reduce the heating and electricity consumption and in this way, carbon dioxide emission.

"Despite the fact that we are continuously being met with increasing demands from veterinarians towards using more hot water and cooling in connection with food safety, it requires a focused effort to continue reduction of the energy consumption," says Charlotte Thy.

All production locations of Danish Crown have water and energy groups working on projects for reduction of consumption. Furthermore, each production location has had an energy consumption budget for more than 20 years for which the site managers are being held responsible. The various locations' water and energy groups are working together on these projects and in this way sharing experiences between factories making optimizations all over the country.

Danish Crown's long-time experience in this area means that the company's focus on climate and environment is also an evidence of financial responsibility.

5m Editor