Caring for our planet

We aim to achieve netZERO by 2050 while driving circularity across our operations.

As a dairy company, our business is dependent upon the continued availability of natural resources like clean water and land. Our Planet is therefore one of the key pillars of our sustainability framework because if we do not care for our planet today, we will not be able to continue enjoying life as we know it in the future.

To Care for our Planet, we have set clear and ambitious goals to drastically reduce our carbon footprint, to reduce our water use and waste all along the value chain. We are working toward more circular packaging solutions to fully eliminate “waste” as we know it and add value to every aspect of our products, even the packaging.

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netZERO 2050 vision

We are now extending our CO2 reduction targets to encompass the entire value chain, taking us even closer to our net zero goals.The shift to scientifically supported and independently validated CO2 reduction targets based on the Science Based Targets initiative will have an especially decisive impact here. 

What is the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi)?

The SBT initiative is based on a partnership between the Global Compact initiative of the United Nations and NGOs such as the World Resources Institute and the WWF (only in German). The SBTi's validated scientific targets help companies like Emmi to align their carbon footprint to a net zero reduction path. This is an important instrument for limiting global warming to 1.5°C degrees, the target set at the UN Climate Conference in Paris.

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Our 2027 targets
Reducing greenhouse gases We will cut our CO2 emissions by 60 % We are committed to cutting our direct CO2 emissions by 60 % by 2027 (Scope 1 and 2). We continue to rely on energy analyses and reduction measures to achieve this. We will increasingly cover the remaining demand with alternative energy sources. We are now extending our CO2 reduction commitments to our entire value chain (Scope 3): Together with our milk producers, we want to reduce CO2 by 25 % per kg of milk. Our long-term goal is to achieve CO2-neutrality by 2050. The switch to reduction targets based on the Science Based Targets initiative will also play a key role.
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Reducing waste We will make our packaging 100 % recyclable We are committed to strengthening the circular economy. We want to reduce rubbish and food waste by half at our own sites. By 2027 at the latest, the remaining waste will not be allowed to be disposed of in landfill sites. The packaging of our products is also extremely important to us. We are aiming for 100% recyclability in this area. This entails eliminating single-use plastic packaging, for example.
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Reducing water use We will reduce our fresh water consumption Clean water is becoming an increasingly scarce resource, and the shortage is associated with vast regional disparities. For this reason, we are emphasising arid risk areas in which we are committed to reducing fresh water consumption in our facilities by 50%. In countries not suffering from an acute water shortage, we are aiming for a reduction of 15%. Furthermore, we will assume increased responsibility for the water consumption in our value chain – in particular when it comes to our raw materials.
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Our achievements

In 2020, we had already reduced our greenhouse gas emissions by 24 % (baseline 2014) – thanks to electricity from hydropower and increased energy efficiency in our plants worldwide. Added to this are innovative projects such as the commissioning of the first hydrogen-powered lorries in Switzerland.

We have also reduced our waste by 11 % (baseline 2017) – this is mainly production and packaging waste. In addition, we reduced food waste in Switzerland by 10 %, thanks to optimised processes throughout the value chain but also due to partnerships such as “Tischlein deck dich” and "Schweizer Tafel".

Our projects

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Media releases Partnership for climate protection

2 August 2021

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Stories “A challenge that’s addictive”

30 July 2021 - There is a lot going on in terms of sustainability at Emmi's Langnau site: heat is recovered, waste is recycled and water is saved. Employees who are enthusiastic about sustainability and really step on the gas are important.

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Media releases Foundation stone laid for new cheese dairy in Emmen

24 June 2021

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Stories Vegan products with Swiss oats

16 April 2021 - This has never been seen in Switzerland before: a chilled vegan coffee drink made with Swiss oat milk. There are also other products under the “beleaf” brand, which are made from Swiss ingredients.

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Stories Leftovers from the holiday feast? The refrigerator guide

6 January 2021 - Every year, around 300 kilograms of food per Swiss resident are thrown away. It doesn’t have to be like this. With the right refrigerator system, food and leftovers from even lavish holiday menus will keep for longer.

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Stories Gerber Fondue is often good after

29 September 2020 - We throw away too much food that's actually still good to eat. Gerber Fondue has been popular for decades because it tastes great and has a long shelf life.

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Stories Dairy products are often good for longer...

12 May 2020 - ... than it says on the best-before date. This date is only an indicator of quality. It is by no means a use-by date, after which an item of food should no longer be consumed.

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Stories Emmi Sustainability Award 2019

30. April 2020 - Sustainable yogurt pot wins

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Stories The fight against plastic

23 March 2020 - Single-use packaging - especially plastic - is becoming increasingly frowned upon.

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Stories Hydrogen: Zero emissions and practical

27 November 2020 - Electric cars are on the rise in passenger transport. In goods transport, fuel cells seem to offer the greatest potential. Hydrogen-powered lorries can be refuelled normally, have a good range and offer sufficient transport capacity. Emmi now has two H2 lorries from Hyundai that run on “green” hydrogen on the road.

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Stories Positive CDP rating for Emmi’s CO2 commitment

21 April 2020 - By the end of 2020 we want to reduce our global CO2emissions by 25 percent. We are well on the way to achieving this goal. We provide transparent information on the emissions we cause and the progress we are making in this area. With that in mind, we regularly take part in the CDP (formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project).

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Stories Here comes the sun!

10 January 2019 - Some 500 collectors are now installed on the roof of Emmi Austria in Nüziders. Across a surface area of 900 m2, they generate around 160,000 kilowatt hours of electricity a year – electricity that was previously sourced from the local grid. This measure can reduce annual CO2 emissions by a good 15 tonnes of CO2.

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