Orkla reduces its climate impact

Finnish factory shifts to electricity produced by wind power.

2020-01-15

From the beginning of January, Orkla’s factories in Finland take a big step towards renewable electricity, when the snacks factory located in Åland shifts to locally produced wind energy.

Since the beginning of 2020 Orkla’s factory in Åland, that produces Taffel and Oolannin products used electricity produced and delivered by local wind energy company Allwinds.

– The electricity produced by one windmill is enough to cover all our needs for electricity for one year. We see this a natural step in our ambitious work to reduce the climate impact of our factory throughout our value chain”, says Christer Söderström, manager at the Haraldsby factory.

According to the UN SDG’s, access to sustainable, reliable and renewable energy and clean fuel is a prerequisite for us to meet the global challenges the world faces today. A large part of our greenhouse emissions come from the way we extract, convert and use fossil energy, but renewable energy solutions become cheaper, more reliable and more efficient every day.

– By changing how we produce and consumer energy we can ensure access to electricity and energy services to all, without damaging our planet. An increasing amount of companies in Åland are shifting to wind energy and we are very happy that also Orkla has chosen this source for its factory in Haraldsby”, says Henrik Lindqvist, CEO at Allwinds.

The shift to renewable electricity is in line with Orkla’s long term sustainability strategy. Orkla’s second factory in Finland, the Panda factory in Vaajakoski, is partly run by energy from renewable sources. Since the beginning of 2017, the factory is driven by hydropower to 40 percent, according to Orkla’s guidelines for its factory network.

–  A key part of Orkla’s sustainability work is to move to fossil free energy so that 60 percent of all our energy and all of our electricity come from renewable sources by the year 2025. In Finland we are front runners in this work as both our factories, that represent a large part of our energy consumption, already now to a large part are driven by renewable energy sources. The work to reduce our climate impact will continue during the coming years”, says Katja Salminen, sustainability director of Orkla Suomi.