Sustainable Food and Beverage Industry in Australia

When: 18 August 4.00-5.00 PM AEST / 8.00-9.00 AM CET

Where: Online

Registration deadline: August 18 7.30 am

Join this GREEN INSIGHTS, where Australia and Denmark will share knowledge, solutions and challenges in achieving a sustainable food and beverage industry. The focus will be on highlighting the solutions needed and best-case examples of driving a circular approach to resources.

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18 August 4.00-5.00 PM AEST / 8.00-9.00 AM CET

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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.

A sustainable 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.

In Australia, food and beverage industry is a key contributor to the economy and one of the largest sector which is worth approximately $122 billion. It has a diverse offering due to its multi-cultural society and geographically suited in supplying international markets from its climate and seasonal advantage. It continues to be a resilient industry despite the unexpected challenges in 2020.

This webinar is a knowledge sharing event to discuss topics and address some of the key issues on driving circular economy and sustainability in the food and beverage industry. It aims to provide an insight on sustainable solutions on efficient use of resources, energy and water as well as recycling and circular strategies.


Australian Beverages


  • 8.00: Welcome and introduction
    By Charlotte Gjedde, Head of Partnerships, State of Green
  • 8.05: Danish-Australian partnerships in sustainable industries
    By Dorothy Dellosa, Senior Trade Advisor, Trade Council of Denmark in Australia
  • 8.10: “Made to be remade”: The Australian beverage industry perspective on recycling strategies
    By Geoff Parker, CEO, Australian Beverages Council

    • 8.25: Case: The Danish deposit return system
    The Danish deposit system and how it ensures that disposable beverage packaging made of plastic, aluminum and glass are recycled.
    By  Heidi Schütt Larsen, Deputy CEO and Director of Circular Economy, Dansk Retursystem (Danish Return System)

    • 8.40: CASE: Using Asset Optimization to reduce energy consumption and improve resource efficiency at Arla Foods
    By Fahad Zahid, Automation Engineer, Au2mate Australia

    • 8.50: Q&A moderated by Dorothy Dellosa

    • 9.00: End of webinar


Geoff Parker

CEO, Australian Beverages Council


Heidi Schütt Larsen

Deputy CEO and Director of Circular Economy, Dansk Retursystem

Charlotte Gjedde

Head of Partnerships, State of Green

Dorothy Dellosa

Senior Trade Advisor, Trade Council of Denmark in Australia

Fahad Zahid

Fahad Zahid

Automation Engineer, Au2mate Australia

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