FrieslandCampina in ‘Train to Paris’ to Climate Conference

30 November 2015

The Climate Conference (COP21) of the United Nations in Paris will take place from 30 November to 11 December 2015. The most important objective is to come to a new climate convention that is to take effect in the year 2020. FrieslandCampina is indirectly involved in the COP21 and therefore CEO Roelof Joosten of Royal FrieslandCampina together with Frank van Ooijen, director Sustainability, and others left for Paris.

Roelof Joosten and Frank van Ooijen took the special ‘Train to Paris’, a sustainable way of travelling to the Climate Conference on Saturday 28 November. The Dutch negotiating team, leaders from the business community, members of social organisations and journalists were all on board of this train. This Train to Paris offered a platform for the parties to think about solutions for CO2 reduction, to contribute to discussions and to debate.

Innovative solutions in the entire dairy chain

Roelof Joosten, CEO of Royal FrieslandCampina: “Our company is also a part of the global warming problem. Therefore FrieslandCampina has committed itself to climate-neutral growth and this has been embedded in the route2020 strategy. We take up this challenge in our entire chain by searching for innovative solutions in the areas of sustainable energy and transport, energy-efficiency and manure valorisation. This requires a strong input from all of us, so the member dairy farmers as well as the employees of the company.”

Frank van Ooijen: “We must remove 1,400 kilotons of CO2 from our chain before the end of the year 2020.”

Sustainable energy and other measures

Frank van Ooijen about the relevance of the Climate Conference to FrieslandCampina: “With about eighty production locations that often make use of energy-intensive spray dry towers and evaporators, with almost one million dairy cows and with lots of logistic movements by boat and lorry, FrieslandCampina has as a ‘from glass to grass’ chain company quite a large ‘carbon footprint’. We must remove 1,400 kilotons of CO2 from our chain before the end of the year 2020. Therefore the production and the use of sustainable energy (solar, wind, biomass) in our entire chain are high on our agenda both with respect to energy-efficiency and to sustainable transport and we are also working hard on quick removal and processing of manure. With a longer life span of dairy cows and the roll-out of the Annual Nutrient Cycling Assessment, our dairy farmers can make their contribution to reducing the emission of greenhouse gases.”

FrieslandCampina is involved in the Climate Conference in the following ways: as a partner of the Climate Coalition, as a member of the Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition (DSCG) and as a member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (200 multinationals working together on sustainability).