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The greenhouse gas emissions generated by Orkla’s own food production are limited. The biggest impact occurs in the production of raw materials and at the consumption stage. 

Other sources are packaging production and transport. Emissions from Orkla’s factories are primarily to air, from fossil energy used to produce electric power and heat.

In order to share best practices aimed at increasing energy efficiency and reducing water consumption, Orkla introduced a central energy initiative in 2015 as part of its Improved Resource and Energy Efficiency programme. In 2016, several Orkla factories carried out a survey of energy-saving potential. Around 80% of the companies have implemented energy improvement measures in the form of equipment improvements, redesign of processes, behavioural changes and operational changes. Many of the companies have reduced energy consumption by switching to LED lighting. Other important measures in 2016 were the optimisation of energy-intensive processes and investments in new, more energy-efficient production equipment. By buying Guarantees of Origin*, Orkla Foods Sverige has now ensured that it is using 100% renewable electricity in its factories, thereby reducing its CO2 emissions by 20%.

By replacing fossil fuel oil with environmentally friendly bio-oil, the Orkla company Jästbolaget cut its CO2 emissions from production by approximately 96%. Through Orkla’s power business Hydro Power, Orkla produced 2.4 TWh energy from hydropower in 2016.

Orkla’s greenhouse gas emissions showed a positive trend in 2016, decreasing despite both a higher level of activity and new factories. Measures to improve energy efficiency have been initiated at many factories, and the emissions from fossil fuel were reduced due to lower consumption. Moreover, switching to the use of more renewable energy to produce electricity in the Nordic region and Europe had a positive effect in 2016.

* Guarantees of Origin are a certification system for electricity that proves that a given quantity of electricity has been produced from a specified renewable energy source. The system was introduced in 2001 by the European Union’s first directive on the promotion of electricity produced from renewable energy sources (Directive 2001/77/EC) to give consumers a choice between renewable and non-renewable electricity.

GRI ref.   unit 2015 2014 2013
  Emissions to air:
G4-EN15 -Direct Greenhouse gas emission (GHG) scope 1 tCO2e 101,395 102,063 97,735
G4-EN16 -Indirect greenhouse gas emission (GHG) scope 2 tCO2e 45,961 62,656 66,708
G4-EN18 -GHG (S1+S2) per FTE tCO2e/FTE 10 13 11
G4-EN18 -GHG (S1+S2) per revenue tCO2e/mill NOK 4.4 5.6 5.0
G4-EN21 -Sulphur dioxide tonnes 104 101 93
G4-EN21 -Nitrogen oxide tonnes 34 40 40
  Water discharge:
G4-EN22a -Internal treatment mill m3 0.9 1.6 1.5
G4-EN22a -External treatment mill m3 2.6 2,9 3,0
G4-EN22a -Environment mill m3 0.2 2.0 2.1
  Emissions to water:
G4-EN22b -BOD ton 2,030 3,900 3,900
G4-EN22b -COD ton 3,440 3,950 2,880