Food production accounts for a significant part 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 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. Reference: Climate impact of Kungsörnen wheat flour from a LCA perspective (Tynelius, 2008).
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: Another 40% reduction in emissions until 2020
Lantmännen's goal to reduce production emissions by 40 percent between 2009 och 2020 was achieved already 2015. Therefore, we have set a new target: To reach another 40 percent reduction until 2020.
The new target includes Lantmännen Group and shall be achieved through the following initiatives:
- 40 percent reduction in our own production facilities until 2020, compared to 2015
- Fossil-free production in Sweden and Norway by 2025, in the rest of the Nordics by 2030 and in all of Europe by 2040
- Improved energy efficiency by 3 percent in relation to production volumes, until 2020
At the same time, Lantmännen work with targets and activities to reduce climate impact from agriculture and from transportation. One example is Kungsörnen's "A friendlier wheat" with up to 20% reduced climate impact.
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.