Apetit Group’s most significant climate impacts related to its own operations arise from the production of the energy it uses. Energy is used especially in production, product processing and freezing. The most significant indirect impacts arise from the raw materials acquired. As the majority of raw materials used by Apetit are plant-based, the most significant emissions in the Group’s value chain come from cultivation.
Put together, Apetit’s direct (Scope 1) emissions, or so-called stack discharges, and indirect emissions from the generation of purchased energy (Scope 2) account only for around 3 per cent of the Group’s total emissions. A significant proportion, around 97 per cent, of Apetit’s emissions is generated in different parts of the value chain (Scope 3).
The most significant emission categories in the value chain are purchased products and services (67 per cent of all emissions) and downstream and upstream transport-related emissions (22 per cent). In 2019–2021, emissions have also been caused by long-term investments (approx. 5 per cent), including emissions from the construction of the bioenergy plant at the Kantvik vegetable oil milling plant and the construction phase of the Säkylä frozen foods plant’s patty production line.
Reduction of climate impacts
The most essential ways in which Apetit can influence the Group’s own direct emissions are the use of renewable energy solutions and the improvement of energy efficiency. In indirect emissions, Apetit’s influencing opportunities can be found especially in the development of cultivation methods and harvest levels.
The Kantvik bioenergy plant, commissioned in late 2021, significantly reduces the fossil energy sources used at the Kantvik vegetable oil milling plant. The bioenergy plant uses woodchips and production side streams, among other sources, to produce steam for the needs of the vegetable oil milling plant. All Apetit Group production facilities also use electricity produced with wind power. The use of energy produced with renewable natural resources and the development of energy efficiency have reduced the carbon footprint of Apetit Group’s Scope 1&2 emissions by 56 per cent from 2019.
Apetit carries out continuous development work in cooperation with Finnish farmers to reduce the climate impacts of primary production. Apetit is involved in field vegetable research cooperation at its Räpi experimental farm as well as in oilseed plant research cooperation, which aims at raising harvest levels by promoting the best cultivation practices.