Climate impacts

Apetit Group’s most significant climate impacts, which are related to its own activities, 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 cultivation. The most essential ways in which Apetit can influence the Group’s carbon footprint are the use of renewable energy solutions and the improvement of energy efficiency.

Apetit’s direct emissions, or so-called stack discharges, account for less than 5 per cent of total emissions. Of the Group’s own direct emissions and indirect emissions from the generation of purchased energy (Scope 1&2 emissions) 96 per cent comes from indirect emissions from the generation of purchased energy that Apetit uses. The most significant climate impacts arise from the production of the steam and electricity used at the plants. The Group’s direct emissions consists of the use of fuel oil, for example.

Apetit has researched how the environmental impacts of some of its individual products are formed. For example, 15 per cent of the carbon footprint of Apetit Potato&Soup Vegetables come from cultivation and 60 per cent from Apetit’s production. Freezing and especially the peeling, chopping and blanching of vegetable consume energy and influence the product’s carbon footprint.

However, factors in favour of freezing include the long shelf life and the reduction of food waste. In April 2020, Apetit Group started using electricity produced with wind power at all of its production facilities. Among other things, the transition to using electricity produced from renewable sources decreased Apetit Group’s carbon footprint calculated on the basis of energy use by 37 per cent.

The Kantvik bioenergy plant becoming operational in 2021 makes the Kantvik vegetable oil milling plant almost entirely powered by renewable sources. The bioenergy plant uses woodchips, among other materials, to produce steam for the needs of the vegetable oil milling plant.

Indirect impacts arise from cultivation and raw material purchases

Apetit’s indirect climate impacts arise mainly from cultivation and the production of raw materials purchased. Of the food raw materials that Apetit purchases, over 95 per cent are vegetables, food items that generally have minor climate impacts.

More renewable energy solutions introduced

During the reporting year, the carbon footprint of Apetit Group’s own operations (Scopes 1&2) decreased by 37 per cent from
the comparison year. This decrease was especially attributable to the adoption of electricity produced with wind power. All of Apetit Group’s production facilities have used wind power since April 2020.

More renewable energy solutions will be introduced when the bioenergy plant to be built at the Kantvik vegetable oil milling plant is completed. The bioenergy plant will reduce Apetit Group’s carbon footprint significantly by replacing fossil energy solutions. The bioenergy plant will produce energy from woodchips, among other sources.

Apetit participates in the Energy Efficiency Agreement system of Finnish industries and has committed to implementing the Food and Drink Industry Action Plan. In the Action Plan, the goal for improving the efficiency of energy use is to reduce energy use by 7.5 per cent in 2017–2025.