Healthy environment

The key objective in the environmental strategy period is to support business through a controlled use of natural resources. The objectives have been adapted to changes in the business environment, of which the most significant continue to be the advancement of energy efficiency and the prevention of waste generation.

Energy consumption

The heat and steam needed by Atria are generated using natural gas, wood-based renewable fuel, peat and fuel oil. In electricity consumption, the ratio of renewable and non-renewable sources of energy depends on the market situation and is determined computationally using Energiakolmio Oy’s statistics.

In the period under review, total energy consumption decreased by 3.2 per cent and consumption in relation to the kilograms produced by 1.9 per cent.

Water consumption

At Atria, clean water is indispensable for the operation of processes and washing of production facilities. The origin of water does not have a major environmental impact in Atria’s operating environment, but the adequacy of water and pumping capacity are critical for Atria’s operations. That is why the company aims to constantly increase water efficiency and work with local entities to secure an uninterrupted supply of water.

Atria Finland uses the most water, and its absolute water consumption decreased by six per cent in the period under review. However, Atria Finland uses water efficiently compared to other national industry players.

Consumption at Atria Scandinavia increased by eight per cent and Atria Russia decreased as much as 14 per cent. The entire Group’s absolute water consumption decreased by four per cent. Aggregate water consumption relative to production output in the three business areas decreased by three per cent.

Wastewater

Of all wastewater generated by Atria, 80 per cent is pretreated at production plants before being flushed into the municipal sewage network. Plant-specific environmental permits determine the threshold values for wastewater quality. The plants monitor compliance with the values carefully. A predictable, stable organic load in wastewater is important to the operation of wastewater treatment plants.

In the period under review, BOD7* load and wastewater quality was in compliance with the permit requirements.

The reported BOD load value is a sum of the amount of wastewater and the average BOD7 levels measured over one year. As BOD7 values are not measured in all business areas, their load has been estimated in reporting on the basis of loads generated by similar facilities.

*The BOD7 value illustrates the amount of oxygen required for the microbiological oxidation of organic material over seven days.

Material-efficient food production

About 98 per cent of the by-products of Atria’s core operations are channelled to reuse. Of all incoming materials, only about one per mille ends up as waste to landfill or hazardous waste for which there is no use.

The market price of raw materials and local infrastructure play a key role in the eventual destination of by-products. The prevention of waste generated during a product’s life cycle is greatly influenced by the choice of packaging.