It also wanted to be ’even more closely aligned with nature’ to boost biodiversity across the UK countryside.
Arla has announced it is aiming to be carbon net zero from cow to consumer by 2050, with any unavoidable emissions entirely offset within its supply chain.
It was also looking to balance nitrogen and phosphorus cycles to support clean water systems and promote biodiversity.
The cooperative said it had shown it was possible to grow the business without environmental impact, managing 40 per cent more milk since 2005 with CO2 emissions reducing by 22 per cent across production and packaging.
Since 1990, on farm CO2 emissions per kg of milk have dropped 24 per cent.
Arla Foods UK managing director Ash Amirahmadi said: “One of the greatest challenges facing us all is providing natural, nutritious food for a growing population whilst reducing our collective impact on the world around us.
“Arla has already shown this is possible and the new ambitions announced today will ensure Arla’s farmers, production sites and products continue to play their part in developing a sustainable world for everyone.”
It highlighted projects it had already done, including the first carbon net zero dairy at Aylesbury, creating a circular economy working with Olleco and McDonald’s, redistributing surplus products to charity and reducing its plastic carbon footprint.
Arla said it was thinking responsibly ‘in everything we do’, not using palm oil in UK manufactured products and where it was used in products made outside the UK, using palm oil from RSPO certified growers.
Farmers have also made changes.
90 per cent of Arla cows graze outdoors, on average for 16 hours a day 180 days of the year. Almost 1,500 Arla farms open parts of their farm for public use.
Approximately 2,200 acres of land owned by Arla farmers was left fallow for wildlife to flourish and many farmers were also using renewable energy sources.
Arla farmer owner Arthur Fearnall said: "Every day Arla farmers take steps to support and shape Britain’s countryside.
“No one feels the effects of varying weather patterns more than farmers, it has a direct impact on the animals we care for, the food we produce and the money we make.
“We have taken some big steps at Arla, but we cannot take our feet off the pedal. Every business and individual in every walk of life will need to think about their impact on the world in the years to come.”