Global food production accounts for 24 percent of the world’s CO2 emissions according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Projections from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, FAO, indicate that by 2050, a 70% increase in current food production will be necessary to meet the expanding demand for food and therefore the food production sector is facing a significant challenge to reduce its carbon footprint and find new ways to produce more food and beverages with fewer resources like water and energy. New approaches and methods are needed to ensure that food production leaves a smaller climate footprint.
An energy efficient food and beverage industry is not only important due to climate. The internal and external pressures on the food and beverage industry to reduce prices and marginal costs, makes efficiency measures a competitive advantage. In Denmark, the food sector’s energy consumption fell from 1973 to 2017 by almost 32 per cent. In the same period the production value increased by 60 per cent showing how we can produce more with less.
The food and beverage industry in California is enormous, as the state counts the most food and beverage manufacturing plants of any US state (5,731 as of 2017), far ahead of New York (2,573) and Texas (2,273). The Californian dairy and dairy processing industry alone contributed $20 billion to the state economy and supported 179,900 jobs. California’s cap-and-trade carbon emissions trading scheme and high energy prices, with electricity being 80% more expensive per kWh than US average, create an obvious incentive to reduce overall energy consumption through energy efficiency measures and on-site energy recovery.
This high-level event, stakeholders from California and Denmark will discuss how to decarbonize the all-important, but energy-intensive, food and beverage industry and how to simultaneously reduce cost and carbon footprint at the same time.
8.30 PST/16.30 CET Welcome and introduction
Moderator, Finn Mortensen
8.35 PST/16.35 CET Opening remarks
Kristoffer Böttzauw, Director, Danish Energy Agency
8.40 PST/16.40 CET Opening remarks
Commissioner Andrew McAllister, Californian Energy Commission (TBC)
8.45 PST/16.45 CET How to decarbonize one of the world’s largest dairy processing companies?
Kristian Eriknaur, Vice President, Corporate Responsibility at Arla Foods
9.00 PST/17.00 CET Fireside chat – innovative and sustainable solutions that reduce the carbon footprint of F&B companies and how to effectively deploy them
Greg Wikler, Director, California Efficiency and Demand Council, Finn Lyngsie, Dep. Division Manager, GEA, UC Davis, Grundfos (TBC)
9.25 PST/17.25 CET Closing remarks
Commissioner Andrew McAllister
Californian Energy Commission
Director, California Efficiency and Demand Council
Vice President, Corporate Responsibility, Arla Foods