What are the environmental effects of Atria’s products?

Food production and its environmental effects are multi-faceted. Atria carefully monitors and manages the immediate environmental impact of its own industrial production. Atria also knows its production chain’s environmental impact. Atria’s goal is to support business operations through the controlled use of natural resources.

Atria continuously and interactively communicates the total environmental effects of its products, and how we can manage such effects through our operations, via our website and social media channels.

Investment in efficient use of energy and renewable energy sources is one of Atria’s most significant ways to reduce its climate impact.  The Nurmo solar power park was completed in September 2018, and it generates around 5 per cent of the annual energy needed by the production plant.

Atria is also participating in the construction of Finland’s largest biogas plant at its Nurmo plant. The biogas plant is being built by Nurmon Bioenergy Oy, of which Atria owns 10 per cent.

Atria Sweden transferred to renewable power during 2018 and now uses only renewable electricity. Atria Sweden also aims to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions from production by 50 per cent and from transport by 25 per cent by 2020.

The environmental efficiency of Atria’s production lines is monitored continuously. In the industry, the highest quantity of energy and water is consumed by highly processed products, such as pre-cooked meat products.

However, processing raw materials so that they meet different consumer needs and situations reduces overall raw material waste, as well as the environmental impact of the products. Atria strives to reduce food waste in every stage of the food chain.

Carbon footprint

Climate change is a global threat, and Atria invests in fighting climate change throughout the production chain. Atria has included carbon footprint accounting in its indicators for mitigating climate change. Through carbon footprint accounting, Atria seeks to identify opportunities to reduce and manage greenhouse gas emissions in its production chain.

In 2018, Atria Group’s carbon dioxide emissions have decreased by 3.6% from the 2017 level. The reduction in carbon dioxide emissions is the result of enhanced energy use and fuel choices.