Combating climate change and carbon-neutral food production are Atria’s key goals. We strive to recognize climate the impacts of our products. Calculating our carbon footprint helps us gain an in-depth understanding of the origins of emissions and how to reduce them.
The carbon footprint of Atria’s example pork is 3.8 CO2e/kg calculated for carcass weight. This is approximately 40 per cent lower than the international average. Increasing protein self-sufficiency is one of the key factors in reducing pork’s carbon footprint. Switching to soy-free feed in the feeding of fattening pigs has already reduced carbon emissions by 32 per cent when looking at the entire production chain.
The carbon footprint of Atria’s example poultry is 2.6 CO2e/kg calculated for carcass weight, which is over 50 per cent lower than the international average. Low use of soya has a key role, as well as the good health of the chickens, thanks to which Atria chicken make good use of their feed. Some 80 per cent of the feed of an Atria chicken consists of Finnish feed grains – dehusked oats and wheat. The protein content of Finnish grains is higher than that of grains produced in Central Europe, and low-protein corn is not used at all. In addition, soya is, to an increasing degree, being replaced by Finnish peas and broad beans.
The carbon footprint of Atria’s example beef is 13.4 CO2e/kg calculated for carcass weight. This is approximately 70 per cent lower than the international average. At the farm included in the calculation, the beef’s carbon footprint was roughly 25 per cent lower than in studies completed in Finland in 2016 and 2017.
The carbon footprint was calculated in cooperation with Envitecpolis and Atria family farms. The farms selected for the calculation represent the average in Atria’s production chain.
Our short-term goal hase been to reduce the carbon footprint of our own industrial production by 25 percent by 2025 compared to 2016 levels.
This target was already reached in 2020, when emissions were 27% lower than in 2016. The reduction was due to the increased use of renewable energy sources, such as solar energy, and bio-based fuels in heat production
Atria Group’s carbon footprint has been measured since 2016*. In 2019, Atria Group’s carbon dioxide emissions decreased by 2.5 per cent from the 2018 level. We managed to lower our carbon dioxide emissions with fuel choices and by increasing the efficiency of our energy consumption. We report the Group’s carbon footprint every year in our Corporate Responsibility Report.
* The calculation and reporting of the carbon footprint are based on the international calculation and reporting standard for business enterprises, the Greenhouse Gas Protocol. The emissions calculation covers the CO2 emissions of Atria’s industrial production processes in companies where Atria’s holding amounts to more than 50 per cent.