An efficient and sustainable production chain to reduce the emission of greenhouse gasses

Efficient production chains

FrieslandCampina wants to ensure that in 2020 energy usage and, therefore, emissions of greenhouse gasses are on the same level as or less than they were in 2010. This also has impact on the increase of production and consequences for the emission of greenhouse gasses. That is why we must have an efficient and sustainable production chain. It begins at the farm with sustainable dairy farms (see Sustainable dairy farming), the purchase of sustainable (agricultural) raw materials and the reduction of energy and water consumption by the production facilities. The use of sustainable energy, preferably produced by member dairy farmers, also contributes towards the achievement of the climate-neutral growth ambition. FrieslandCampina is encouraging member dairy farmers to generate sustainable energy, for example by means of wind turbines, solar panels or biomass, and/or by issuing green certificates.

Accelerating innovations and savings

Due to the speed with which technological innovations present themselves, it is sometimes difficult to decide in which technology to investment. Energy efficiency is one of the major deciding factors when deliberating potential investments. Making energy usage more sustainable and implementing innovations at the production facilities is very costly both in time and financially. Innovations have a long break-even and pay-back time.

Global challenges

One of the three global challenges we face is the scarcity of natural raw materials, this has impact on three things:

  1. Responding to the increasing scarcity of land, water and natural raw materials by producing more efficiently
  2. Reducing CO2 emissions and making more use of renewable energy
  3. Contributing towards the retention of biodiversity

How does FrieslandCampina contribute to face these challenges?

In 2020 all purchased agricultural raw materials should come from fully sustainably managed sources

Milk is the basis of FrieslandCampina’s products, but it is not the only raw material. FrieslandCampina also uses raw materials such as palm oil, sugar and cocoa for the end products and paper and cardboard for the packaging. In working towards sustainable and efficient production chains FrieslandCampina is, therefore, also focusing on the purchase of (agricultural) raw materials from fully sustainable sources.

Use 100 percent green electricity in 2020

The green electricity should be generated by a responsible source, preferably by our own members. In 2014 91 percent of the electricity used in the Dutch production facilities was sustainably generated by solar, wind or biomass energy. The majority of this electricity was supplied by the member dairy farmers.

This year (2015) FrieslandCampina is investigating the possibilities of generating electricity by installing wind turbines at six production facilities. The electricity generated will be used immediately by the relevant production facility

Achieve climate-neutral growth between 2010 and 2020

This will be done by means of more efficient energy use and the use of sustainable energy in dairy processing. To achieve an annual water and energy efficiency improvement of at least 2 percent compared with the previous year (since 2010). In 2014 energy and water use increased and, for the first time since 2010, FrieslandCampina failed to reduce its annual water and energy efficiency by 2 percent. In 2014 not only were relatively more energy-intensive products produced than in 2013, but also the installation, testing and start-up of new installations and innovations in the production facilities contributed towards the increase in energy and water use.

Reduce waste production and increase the reuse of waste streams

Reduction of waste production and reuse of waste streams in the production process in 2020 by 20 percent compared with 2010. FrieslandCampina, together with waste processors, is striving to increase the recycling and reuse of waste streams. In 2014 a start was made. In 2015 FrieslandCampina will investigate further by seeking good destinations for waste.

You can find more details in the FrieslandCampina CSR report or you can read more about the other three pilars of our CSR House by clicking on the pictures below.