Day 3 – Denmark

Opening Remarks from Her Excellency Mrs. Sirilak Niyom,
Ambassador of Thailand to Denmark

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Cultivating Sustainability – Tackling Emissions From Agriculture.

Topic : Cultivating Sustainability : Tackling Emissions From Agriculture
Date : 28 Sep.2023 / 10.00-11.30 (CET) / 15.00-16.30 (BKK)

By 2050, with a global population of around 10 billion people, the demand for food products, both animal and vegetable, will surge. In Denmark, known for its highly efficient agriculture and food industry, they currently provide climate-friendly food to 15 million people globally. However, agriculture in Denmark presently contributes to 28% of emissions, and without new policies, this is expected to rise to 40% by 2030.

Denmark’s food industry aims for net-zero emissions by 2050 while maintaining or increasing food production. Nearly 90% of greenhouse gas emissions from Danish agriculture stem from cattle and swine breeding, including methane from belching cows. Various policies and innovations are being explored to reduce these emissions.

Meanwhile, Thailand is committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 20% from projected levels by 2030, as stated in its updated Nationally Determined Contribution. Agriculture is Thailand’s second-largest source of emissions, with rice cultivation being the primary contributor to methane emissions, accounting for 57.7% of total GHG emissions from agriculture. The open burning of crop residues after harvest, notably in rice, sugarcane, and maize, adds to air pollution and high PM2.5 levels during the burning season.

Given the vital role of agriculture in both countries, securing a sustainable supply of agricultural products while adopting more sustainable production practices is paramount. This session will explore the current situation, best practices, the path forward through structural changes and innovation for a long-term transition and also, Thailand’s strategy to deal with environmental trade measures such as the EU’s Farm to Fork policy, the enforcement of the Eco-labeling scheme, CBAM measures, Carbon Tax, and so on. the path forward through structural changes and innovation necessary for a long-term transition in the sector.

Speakers :

Mr. Niels Peter Nørring
Climate Director Dept. of Climate & EU Affairs, Danish Agriculture & Food Council (DAFC)

Niels Peter Nørring has a PhD in agricultural economics from the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University. Niels Peter Nørring is currently a Climate Director of Danish Agricultural & Food Council and has been chairman/vice chairman of  the working group on Environment and Climate at COPA-COGECA which is the union of the two big agricultural umbrella organisations COPA and COGECA and the strongest interest group for European farmers  since 2000.

Mr Nørring’s responsibilities have covered a wide range of political issues concerning the entire food sector from agricultural production to the food industry, for example resource efficiency, life cycle assessment, water footprint,  crop production issues  and the water framework directive

Seksan Papong
Research Specialist, Technology and Informatics Institute for Sustainability (TIIS), National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA)

About Dr. Seksan >

Dr. Seksan Papong holds a Ph.D. in Environmental and Information Studies from Tokyo City University and has a background in chemical engineering and forestry from Kasetsart University.
His expertise and research cover a wide range of areas, including Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Social LCA, Economic Input-Output Analysis LCA (EIO-LCA), Eco-efficiency, Carbon Footprint, Water Footprint, Materials Flow Analysis (MFA), and Material Footprint (MF).

His research at TIIS has contributed significantly to the development of environmental standards in Thailand, such as the National Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) Database for Sustainable Development, data development for major agricultural export products, and technical support for The Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Organization (TGO) in eco-labeling initiatives.

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