Green Drinks Leeds May 2012 – How do you make green milk?

May 1, 2012

Tuesday 24 April from 6pm, The Lounge, Merrion Street, Leeds LS2 8JE

Our event on “Politics and the Environment” was well attended, and very well received by all concerned.

For our May event, we welcome Green Drinks Leeds regular Robin Dearden from Arla Foods.

Robin is Group Environmental, Health and Safety Manager for Arla, who are a large dairy conglomerate best known for brands such as Lurpak, Anchor and Cravendale.

Lurpak - not green milk

Arla’s UK headquarters are in Leeds, together with a massive dairy operation, and have a considerable environmental impact, which they are doing their best to reduce. Robin will be talking about Arla’s environmental journey over the last few years, and what their plans are for the future.

Arla Environmental Targets:

  • To be ‘Closer to Nature’, and move to be the No1 UK dairy company
  • By 2020 to reduce CO2 by 34% and use 30% renewable energy
  • By 2015 to reduce water usage by 20%
  • To send zero waste to landfill

Arla Fast Facts

  • Co-operative owned by Danish, Swedish & German farmers
  • Employs 2,800 people in UK (over 1,000 in Leeds)
  • Process approximately two billion litres of milk a year
  • 2,500 daily deliveries made directly to stores
  • Arla’s UK carbon footprint was 273,000 tonnes of CO2;
  • In 2011 Arla used over 2 billion litres of water

Robin Dearden has lived in Leeds for the last 4 years, worked for Arla for 3 years, and previously spent 12 years with a major European logistics company. His passion for the environment extends to his personal life, and he also enjoys trekking round the Dales at weekends. Robin will be well known to many regular Green Drinkers.

Don’t forget to sign up!

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As per usual, we’re open for mingling and drinks from 6pm, with the speaker starting around 7.15pm, followed by our famous “go around” and open networking until about 10. Drop in or out at any time as you feel able, it’d be great to see you even if you’re just passing through!

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