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Orkla raises its climate ambitions

Inger Johanne Eikeland, Senior Vice President EHS at Orkla

Inger Johanne Eikeland, Senior Vice President EHS at Orkla

Orkla has pledged to set emission targets in line with the goal of keeping climate change below two degrees.

Around one fourth of global CO2 emissions are generated by the production and consumption of food. Orkla wants to assume its share of responsibility and therefore works actively to minimise its environmental footprint throughout its value chain.

“By signing the Science Based Targets initiative we are now committing to implementing CO2 cuts in line with what scientists consider necessary to reach the two-degree target adopted by world leaders in the Paris Agreement of 2015,” says Inger Johanne Eikeland, Senior Vice President EHS at Orkla.

In its sustainability strategy towards 2020, Orkla states its ambition of developing products and packaging with a reduced environmental footprint. The goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and consumption of water and energy in Orkla’s own operations by 20% compared with 2014, while similarly reducing waste by 30%.

“We can see a positive trend for 2014 – 2016, and are already close to achieving these objectives through the measures that we have implemented. Based on the Science Based Targets methods, we now want to raise our level of ambition a little higher by developing new targets towards 2025,” says Inger Johanne Eikeland.

Switching to renewable electricity

By switching to 100% renewable electricity, Orkla is taking yet another step forward in its climate work.

«By purchasing Guarantees of Origin from Orkla’s own hydropower plants in Norway, we will meet all our electricity needs with renewable energy. In this way we will reduce Orkla’s indirect greenhouse gas emissions by almost 30%,” Eikeland concludes.

Read more about Orkla’s environmental and climate work in Orkla’s annual and sustainability report >


Science Based Targets (SBT)

  • A partnership between CDP, the World Resources Institute (WRI), WWF and the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which mobilises companies to set emission reduction targets in line with climate science.
  • Since the launch of SBT in 2016, 208 companies have pledged to set science-based targets, and 32 companies have had their targets approved by the SBT initiative.

Guarantees of Origin

  • An electricity labelling system that documents that a quantity of electricity generation has been produced by a specific renewable energy source.
  • The system was introduced by the EU’s first Renewable Energy Directive in 2001 to give consumers a choice between renewable and non-renewable energy, and thus help to promote the further development of renewable energy.