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Environmental impacts

Raw materials and material efficiency

Raisio uses only renewable raw materials in its products. To lower environmental impacts, the amount of loss and waste is reduced in a goal-oriented way. Some Material flows are recycled and used in the Group’s businesses and 97 per cent of the waste is recyclable.  

In 2017, Raisio’s total production volume increased by 2.5 per cent and the use of materials around two per cent, which means that material efficiency slightly improved from last year.  

Scope of reporting: The Group’s continuing operations 2015 - 2017. Water use for products is not included in the raw material quantities shown below.

Waste

Raisio has reduced the amount of landfill waste year by year. In 2017, the company achieved its long-term objective and got completely rid of landfill waste. Moreover, the amount of waste per tonne of product fell by nearly three per cent. The total amount of waste remained almost at the previous year’s level. Most of Raisio’s waste is recyclable. 

Waste

Water

At Raisio, water is used in the product manufacturing, industrial steam production, cooling stages and heating. Water use and the amounts of waste water are monitored and actively reduced.  

In 2017, Raisio’s water consumption was up from 2016, which was mainly due to the construction work of the bioenergy plant and test runs related to the plant introduction. The amount of waste water also increased due to the renovation and construction work related to the production line at the fish feed factory.  

 

Energy

In 2017, the total energy consumption slightly decreased at Raisio in spite of the increase in the production volume. As a result, energy efficiency, which was already at a good level, improved by over three per cent on the previous year. As the bioenergy plant was introduced, self-generated energy accounted for 50 per cent of heat production and the share of renewable energy of the total consumption increased to some 30 per cent. 

Raisio’s electricity consumption totalled 39,000 (2016: 37,000 and 2015: 39,000) megawatt hours; the consumption increased by six per cent compared to 2016. The heat and steam consumption declined by about five per cent on the previous year, totalling some 48,000 (2016: 51,000 and 2015: 52,000) megawatt hours. Electricity purchased by Raisio is eco-labelled, which means that its production causes no carbon dioxide emissions. 

During 2017, the share of carbon neutral energy of Raisio’s total energy consumption increased to almost 70 per cent. 

Energy efficiency 

Raisio's objective is to continuously improve its energy efficiency. To achieve this, energy consumption is closely monitored. Raisio is also committed to the Finnish Energy Efficiency Agreement. To identify possible energy saving targets, energy audits were carried out at Raisio’s production plants in 2017. As a result, the temperature in the production facilities was lowered. In addition, switching lighting to energy-efficient LED lights was continued in office and production premises.   

All Raisio’s electricity is purchased energy. The share of self-produced energy of the heat production is about 50 per cent.

Emissions from energy production

Raisio reports the direct greenhouse gas emissions from its operations as well as indirect emissions from purchased energy as CO2e values. CO2e or carbon dioxide equivalent describes the total climate warming effect of all greenhouse gases. 

In 2017, Raisio’s carbon dioxide emissions totalled 8,800 (2016: 15,900 and 2015: 16,800) tonnes of CO2e. The total emissions declined 45 per cent compared to previous year.  Raisio’s direct emissions from its own energy production were only 1,400 (2016: 1,600, 2015: 1,400) tonnes of CO2e, or over 10 per cent less than in 2016.

Raisio’s indirect carbon dioxide emissions from purchased energy were 7,400 (2016:14,300, 2015: 15,400) tonnes of CO2e, meaning a 45 per cent decline from 2016. Emissions generated in Raisio’s production are calculated while for the purchased energy, emissions are defined as CO2e values of emissions reported by suppliers. 

With the bioenergy plant introduced, the share of carbon neutral energy increased to almost 70 per cent.   

 

CO2e emissions