We reduce our climate and environmental impacts

A better tomorrow starts from respecting the environment and the climate. We develop our operations to reduce our climate impacts and increase the energy and material efficiency of our production and logistics. Let’s take care of nature.

Energy efficiency and emissions

Our efforts to improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions are primarily guided by our environmental policy. We are ISO 14001 certified for our environmental performance. The year 2020 was our second full year of using green electricity generated by wind power in our Finnish operations (the Heinävesi plants, our logistics centre in the Viinikkala, Vantaa and our company headquarters in Herttoniemi). We made the switch to wind energy in late 2018. As a result, our annual CO2 emissions decreased by 661.3 tonnes (CO2-eq.) in 2019. In 2021, we will switch from EU wind energy to domestic wind energy.

 

Target 2020 – 2022  Achievements 2020 
The Heinävesi plants run completely on renewable energy. The share of renewable energy in the total energy consumption of the Heinävesi plants was 87.3% at the H1 plant, which produces cosmetics
and hygiene products, and 99.9% at the H2 plant producing ethanol-based products as well as at the H3 vinegar production plant. We explored alternative sources of energy for process heat production at
the H1 plant.
We will begin using biofuels in our transport operations between the Heinävesi plants and our central warehouse in Viinikkala, Vantaa. We are currently researching this with our contractors. We will report the percentage of renewable fuels in 2022.
We will reduce our direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions. The Scope 1 emissions increased due to a change in the calculation method. The Scope 2 emissions increased slightly due to heating. We carried out preparatory work for the reporting of our CO2 emissions from commuting by car, our company cars and business travel.
We will increase our energy efficiency. We will join the Motiva energy efficiency agreement in 2020. We will set a quantitative target in 2021. We joined the energy efficiency agreement in 2020 and we have improved our reporting on our energy consumption. We renewed the lighting at the H2 plant.

 

Material efficiency

Our material efficiency is guided by our environmental policy. Our goal is to continuously improve our material efficiency. We aim to avoid material waste by evaluating our material balances more effectively than before. We implemented a new ERP system in 2020, and we will explore ways to enhance our waste reporting in 2021. We produced some 17.8 million products in Heinävesi on 2020 which is an increase of 20% compared to 2019.

Target 2020 – 2022  Achievements 2020 
We will reduce the material waste resulting from our own
production by improving our material efficiency and by
reviewing our processes.
We ordered a material audit from an external consultant for the H2 plant in Heinävesi which manufactures ethanol-based products. We have chosen the development areas that we aim to improve.
We will enhance the use of washing water by adopting new washing practices and reducing the volume of waste water as well as the amount of waste sent to the hazardous waste treatment plant. Late in the year, we invested in a washing system with the
aim to reduce the volume of washing water at the H1 plant, which produces cosmetics and hygiene products. The investment is expected to bring results in the form of a reduced volume of waste water in 2020.
We will enhance the use of washing water by adopting new washing practices and reducing the volume of waste water as well as the amount of waste sent to the hazardous waste-treatment plant. We have examined the possibilities of utilising the side
stream used, for example, in flushing the process as raw
material for selected technical products.

 

READ MORE:  Sustainability report 2020 

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