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Raisio's environmental impact

Raw materials and material efficiency

Raw materials used in Raisio’s products are renewable. The company’s goal is a material-efficient use of raw materials. To achieve this, all the Group’s production plants have drawn up plans. Material efficiency is promoted particularly through the development of monitoring and reporting. 

Raw material use at Raisio’s production plants decreased by over three per cent and per tonne of product by one per cent. 

Recoverable waste accounts for more than 94 per cent of the total waste. The amount of landfill waste declined by 62 per cent from the previous year. The amount of hazardous waste decreased by 38 per cent and that of total waste by two per cent.

Scope of reporting: In terms of raw material use, Finnish production plants are reported for 2013 – 2016, while the Group’s continuous operations are reported for 2015 – 2016. Landfill waste is reported for the whole Group’s continuous operations.  Water use for products is not included in the raw material quantities shown below.

Water

Water use is an important environmental factor at Raisio, as water is needed in production and cooling processes. Water use is monitored continuously and water is recycled effectively. Furthermore, we actively examine means to decrease water use.

Household water use increased by 14 per cent in the Group. Despite various enhancement measures, a number of pipeline leaks in the UK resulted in the increase in the Group's water use. In Finland, household water use decreased by over four per cent.

The amount of wastewater increased by six per cent in the Group while decreased significantly in Finland.           

Scope of reporting: Continuous operations of the whole Group 

Energy

Raisio’s total and specific consumption of energy per tonne of product decreased by four per cent. All the Group’s production plants are committed to reduce the specific energy consumption per tonne of product.  Through the enhancement and renewal of equipment, we achieved savings in energy consumption. Led lights were purchased for several locations.

Raisio’s electricity is purchased energy. In terms of heat, the company's own production accounts for 53 per cent.

Scope of reporting: Continuous operations of the whole Group

Emissions from energy production

Raisio reports direct greenhouse emissions of its own energy production and indirect emissions of purchased energy as CO2e values. Emissions generated in Raisio’s production are calculated while for the purchased energy, emissions are defined as CO2e values of emissions reported by suppliers. Carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) describes the total climate warming effect of greenhouse gases.

The Groups’ electricity is purchased energy. Electricity that Raisio buys in Finland is eco-labelled and its production does not cause greenhouse gas emissions. Electricity purchased in Finland accounts for almost 60 per cent of the Group’s electricity use. 

The UK and Czech production plants produce heat from natural gas. In Finland, our thermal energy is purchased with the exception of the Kouvola plant that has a steam boiler plant using natural gas. In Raisio’s industrial area, there is a power plant operating as a reserve plant. It will be closed during the spring 2017 when the new bioenergy plant is completed. 

Raisio continues its work to improve energy efficiency and to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.