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.