Food production accounts for around 25% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions. To curb climate change and ensure productive agriculture tomorrow, climate impacts need to be reduced, particularly in cultivation but also from food processing and transportation. As a food producer and agricultural cooperative, Lantmännen has a responsibility to do what we can for more climate friendly food.
A clear position on climate issues
We have reduced our carbon emissions by 40% since in 2009.
Cultivation stage represents a large proportion
Looking at the entire chain from field to fork, the cultivation stage represents a large proportion of the climate and environmental impacts. These include agricultural processing and impacts on the soil, use of fertilisers and plant protection, and fossil fuels.
From a life cycle perspective, the carbon footprint of many of our products is greatest in the cultivation stage. The main contributors are biological conversion of nitrogen in the soil, diesel consumption and drying of grain. Production of plant nutrients (commercial fertilisers) also accounts for a significant proportion.
Cultivation concept for lower carbon footprint
We are working with farmers to develop cultivation in a more sustainable direction. This involves developing and offering environmentally friendly fuels and services for optimised cultivation, and carrying out research in areas such as plant breeding and biological plant protection. We are also developing grain concepts for grain with a lower carbon footprint.
Climate target: 40% reduction in emissions 2009-2020
We have achieved our climate target – six years too early! We have adopted a clear target for our own climate impacts from processing and transportation: to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 40% in relation to value added between 2009 and 2020. We achieved the target in 2014, six years earlier than expected. This is proof that tough targets that are measured and monitored in a structured way provide a better focus and momentum for improvement work.
The demarcation for measurable climate targets is use of energy in our own production, and our internal and contracted transportation.
Emissions slightly increased in 2015 as a result of the acquisition of Vaasan in spring. The effect of this will not have a full impact on the key figures until 2016.
Energy efficiency and greening of transport
An important part of the progress has been the transition from fossil fuel oil to biofuels at our facilities. In several cases, residues from our own production have been used to replace fossil fuels. We are also working systematically on improving energy efficiency at the facilities. In the current situation, the main challenge is to move forward in our climate work by reducing the emissions from our transport. More transportation needs to be moved to rail and sea, and the proportion of renewable fuels must increase. In cooperation with our transport suppliers, we are working to improve planning, increase the fill rate and promote eco-friendly vehicles, fuels and driving.
Companies in the Haga Initiative
Axfood, Coca-Cola Enterprises Sverige, Folksam, Fortum Värme, Green Cargo, JM, Lantmännen, Löfbergs, McDonald´s, HKScan Sweden, Stena Recycling, Statoil Fuel & Retail Sverige, Sveaskog and Vasakronan.
Member of the Haga Initiative climate network
Lantmännen is one of the 15 companies that are members of the Haga Initiative climate network. The purpose of the Haga Initiative is to demonstrate that it is profitable for companies to take active climate responsibility, to work to reduce the business sector's climate impacts and to push for a more proactive climate policy.