The environmental impacts of agriculture arise in different ways. In addition to the impacts on land use, for example the use of fertilizers and pesticides can also have an impact to other species and organisms in the soil. Cultivation also affects local waterways through nutrient runoff.

 The impacts of Apetit’s operations on environment and biodiversity arise mainly indirectly from the primary production of food and the production of other materials and the utilization of the natural resources used for them. The impacts of Apetit’s Räpi experimental farm on biodiversity are equivalent to those of normal cultivation activity. The aim of the Räpi experimental farm’s R&D activities is to develop natural cultivation methods that also support the preservation of biodiversity on Finnish fields where field vegetables are grown.

In Apetit Group, environmental management is based on environmental legislation, current environmental permits and for environmental systems that are used on production sites. Some of Apetit’s production operations require an environmental permit.

The main environmental risks at Apetit’s production plants are related to possible wastewater and vegetable oil leaks into the environment and to refrigerant leaks from freezing machinery. No environmental accidents occurred in Apetit’s production operations in 2020.

We introduce environmental key performance indicators and topical themes in our annual and responsibility report.