Sustainable production and sustainable procurement

FrieslandCampina also wants to reduce waste and works together with waste processors to increase the recycling and reuse of waste. FrieslandCampina reused and recycled 72 percent of its production waste in 2015. This is an improvement of 18 percent with respect to 2010. This improvement can be attributed to the extra recycling projects implemented at the locations. The residual waste was reduced by 50 percent as a result of more efficient waste separation at FrieslandCampina in Nigeria. FrieslandCampina has plans to reduce the residual waste even further.

Sustainable production

Sustainable production is not only related to agricultural basic materials. By saving energy and generating renewable energy, dairy farmers can contribute to the reduction of the use of fossil fuels and the emission of greenhouse gases.

FrieslandCampina wants to use 100 percent sustainable energy from renewable sources, such as wind, sun and biomass, and generate as much as possible of this at the farms of the member dairy farmers in 2020. In 2015, 65 percent of all electricity used by the FrieslandCampina production locations was sustainable thanks to the purchasing of Guarantees of Origin for Sustainable Electricity. These guarantee that the electricity volume has been generated by wind, co-fermentation of biomass, manure fermentation or solar energy. This is an increase by 14 percent compared to 2014. In 2015, the member dairy farmers of FrieslandCampina supplied 56 percent of the green electricity used globally by FrieslandCampina through the Guarantees of Origin for Sustainable Electricity.

Sustainable procurement

FrieslandCampina introduced a new biobased drink carton into the market in 2015. For the production of the cap and the coating certified polyethylene, made from organic residual material, is purchased. The cardboard of the carton with the biobased coating was already renewable. The carbon footprint of this biobased milk carton is 20 percent lower than that of the old carton.

In addition to the results of previous years, in 2015 the purchased palm oil is directly of sustainable origin (according to RSPO, Round Table for Sustainable Palmoil) and 5 percent of the cane sugar was purchased with Bonsucro certificates, a globally recognised standard for sustainable cane sugar production.