Our key environmental goal is to make our own production carbon-neutral by the end of 2023. In 2021, carbon-neutral energy accounted for 97% of all the energy we used.
The Raisionkaari industrial area has already been carbon-neutral since 2018. At the Nokia mill, a heat production plant utilising oat hulls, a side stream of the mill’s processes, was commissioned in summer 2021.
The steam used in the Kauhava factory is currently produced with fossil fuels. The plan and decisions on the transition of the Kauhava plant to carbon-neutral production will be made during 2022.
Carbon neutrality refers to a situation in which the net greenhouse gas emissions are zero. Carbon-neutral energy is produced without fossil fuels. For example, bioenergy is carbon neutral because the biomass has sequestered the same amount of carbon dioxide during its life cycle as is produced by burning it.
In order for our production to qualify as carbon-neutral, all of the electricity, heat and industrial steam we use must be produced with carbon-neutral energy.
The steps towards carbon neutrality in our own production have been clear to us for a long time, so it is time to focus on climate action beyond the factory gates.
Based on product-specific carbon footprint calculations, we know that the majority of emissions from our products are generated in the value chains. In 2021, we continued our climate work with the Scope 3 indirect emissions assessment.
In cooperation with Natural Resources Institute Finland, we carried out a carbon footprint calculation for the entire supply chain, the Scope 3 calculation. Based on this calculation, we identified the most significant sources of carbon dioxide emissions in the supply chain and will use it to define more specific reduction targets and measures during 2022.
Our goal is to report Scope 3 emissions for the first time in 2022.
At the Nokia mill, a heat production plant utilising oat hulls, a side stream of the mill’s processes, was commissioned in early summer 2021.
The new plant produces more heat than we need. Therefore, in autumn 2021, we agreed with Leppäkosken Lämpö Oy that the surplus waste heat from the Nokia mill will be utilised in Leppäkosken Lämpö’s district heating network in Nokia.
At our Kauhava factory, the production of Beanit® fava bean chunks also creates a finer fava bean mince, which is packed into boxes and served to people as… well, fava bean mince!
Our mill in Nokia produces gluten-free oat products on their own production line. To verify that the products are gluten-free, several samples are taken at regular intervals from each production batch.
Sometimes it can happen that the analyses show that a batch contains gluten, in which case the batch is not used at all for gluten-free products. However, this creates no waste because the batch is then used as a raw material for products that are not gluten-free.