The AIRA cooperative has just learned about the strategy followed by the Finnish dairy sector to reduce its emissions and promote the circular economy through biomethane, among other measures.
A representative from AIRA visited the Nordic country as part of the COOPID project (COOPeration of bioeconomy clusters for bio-based knowledge transfer via Innovative Dissemination techniques in the primary production sector), an initiative led and coordinated by Cooperativas Agro-Alimentarias de España, with which to learn about the measures taken by the Finnish dairy sector to reduce its emissions.
The objective of the project, in which other reference dairy cooperatives in Spain also participate, is the dissemination of good agri-food practices for the reduction of the carbon footprint from the primary sector, with a view to its implementation and adaptation to the reality of each region.
In this case, two farms of the VALIO cooperative were visited, which collects and processes 80% of the milk in Finland. These farms use biomethane produced mainly from manure and farm waste to generate heat and electricity and its subsequent purification to bio-CNG for use in vehicles. Specifically, the biomethane produced on the farms supplies private cars adapted to CNG and the Valio milk collection tanker trucks in that Finnish region.
Likewise, the delegation in which AIRA participated studied the “Zero Carbon Footprint – 2035” strategy followed by the Valio cooperative in order to achieve its neutrality between emissions and carbon fixation in that year.