The use of energy causes one of the most significant direct environmental impacts of Fazer’s production facilities. Fazer’s goal is to reduce emissions with 50% by 2030.
The global production of food produces more than 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions (UNEP). Growing, producing and importing food contributes substantially to climate change. Climate change and the environmental impact caused by business activities and operations are a global concern. It is in the interest of businesses to act in such a way that the availability of critical natural resources and energy can be secured in the future.
The greatest climate impact of Fazer's production facilities is caused by the use of energy, organic waste and deliveries. The most important objectives of the bakeries and confectionery businesses are improving the energy efficiency of production, decreasing the amount of production waste and optimising the use of materials and water.
Fazer is following the guidance of Greenhouse Gas Protocol to reach the goal of reducing emissions with 50%.
Fazer’s energy strategy is based on environmentally sustainable decisions, measurable goals and continuous improvement.
The energy strategy helps to reach Fazer’s core goal 1: 50% less emissions by 2030.
More renewable energy: In addition to promoting energy efficiency, Fazer aims to regularly increase the share of renewable energy sources.
Practical steps towards energy efficiency and reduced climate impact
At Fazer, practical steps to improve energy efficiency include developing the existing production facilities and processes, investing in energy efficient solutions and decreasing the amount of production waste.
Energy mappings are found in all Fazer’s operating countries within the EU, according to the EU energy efficiency directive.
Fazer's participation in the Finnish-national Energy Agreement has given good results. Energy Efficiency Agreements are a voluntary method, established together by the Government and industries, for fulfilling the energy efficiency obligations set for Finland by the EU. The role of voluntary agreements in implementing the country’s energy and climate strategy is a significant one, as improvements in energy efficiency help reduce carbon dioxide emissions and thereby mitigate climate change.
Fazer’s total energy use has decreased remarkably compared to previous years. Most of the electricity Fazer uses is made of renewable energy. Fazer purchase 100% renewable electricity in Finland, Sweden and Lithuania.
Climate impact of food
Fazer focuses on reducing food waste and the climate impact in all its operations. The cultivation of vegetables causes on average less strain on the environment than meat or dairy production, and Fazer works to increase the use of plant-based products and raw materials in the offering.