As a milk processor, our business is always dependent on the availability of natural resources such as clean water and fertile land. An intact environment is, therefore, one of the most important pillars of our sustainability model. Because if we don’t look after nature today, we won’t be able to enjoy life in the future as much as we do now.
We have, therefore, set ourselves clear and ambitious targets. We aim to drastically reduce our carbon footprint at all stages of the value chain, reduce our water consumption and reduce waste. We are also working on packaging solutions that are more circular in nature to avoid waste and unnecessary costs.
netZERO 2050 Vision
With our netZERO 2050 vision, we are extending our CO2 reduction targets to encompass the entire value chain, taking us even closer to our net-zero goals. We do this on the basis of scientifically and independently validated CO2 reduction targets based on the Science Based Targets initiative.
What is the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi)?
The SBTi is a partnership between the United Nations Global Compact initiative and NGOs such as the World Resources Institute and the WWF. 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, the target set at the UN Climate Conference in Paris.
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Our goals for 2027
We will cut our CO2 emissions by 60%
We are committed to reducing 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 also 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.
> Support for the UN Sustainable Development Goals
We have already been able to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 20% in 2021 (as much as 30% on an acquisition-adjusted basis) (base year 2014) thanks to electricity from renewable sources for a large proportion of our factories and increased energy efficiency in our factories around the world. Added to this, is the gradual connection to renewable heat sources and other innovative projects such as hydrogen trucks and battery-powered chillers in Switzerland.
We have developed an important foundation for Scope 3 emissions. That’s why we’ve developed a large-scale resource project: KlimaStaR Milk begins early 2022. The joint project with industry partners Nestle, Aaremilch and research institutes aims, among other things, to reduce GHG by 20% in 300 pilot sites. In addition, preliminary projects on biogas and methane-reducing feed additives are underway, as well as studies on the GHG footprint of milk suppliers from our international subsidiaries.
- KlimaStaR Milk (media release)
- Above-average CDP climate rating
- Environmentally friendly district heating in Suhr
We will make our packaging 100% recyclable and we will halve the amount of waste and food waste
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, using at least 30% recycled materials and avoiding single-use plastics.
> Support for the UN Sustainable Development Goals
We have reduced our waste by 22% (base year 2017) – this is mainly production and packaging waste. We have reduced food waste in Switzerland by 11% thanks, in part, to partnerships such as ‘Tischlein deck dich’, ‘Schweizer Tafel’ and ‘Too Good To Go’, but also by optimising processes throughout the value chain.
With regard to packaging targets, the collection of the corresponding database is currently underway.
We have reached 10% of the sub-goal ‘no waste in landfill sites’ (base year 2017).
We will reduce our consumption of fresh water
Clean water is becoming an increasingly scarce resource in some regions. For this reason, we are emphasising arid risk areas, where we are committed to reducing the fresh water consumption in our facilities by 50%. In other countries, 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.
> Target achievement as of 31.12.2021
Due to acquisitions in 2021, the consumption of fresh water is still at the level of the base year 2019. Consumption in the high-risk areas was reduced by 3% (12% adjusted for acquisitions), mainly as a result of saving measures implemented by Vitalait in Tunisia.
Consumption in the other regions, on the other hand, increased by 2% (acquisition-adjusted reduction of 5%). On the one hand, many of our subsidiaries have achieved significant savings, including Emmi Roth (USA), Kaiku (Spain) and Bettinhoeve (Netherlands). We were able to achieve this by repairing leaks, consistently measuring and optimising cleaning systems, and sharing knowledge within the Group. On the other hand, due to acquisitions, our product portfolio has shifted more towards cheese, where more water is used per tonne of product due to the processes. For us, this means making an even greater effort to continue to measure, raise awareness, broaden the roll out of best practices and harness technological innovations.
With regard to water in the value chain, a detailed water study enabled us to gain insights into almond production in Spain and Portugal for beleaf. We were able to prove that the producers use water carefully and with maximum efficiency. We have also strengthened our cooperation throughout the value chain, built up knowledge and raised awareness of the topic internally.