The effort to minimise the energy consumption and CO₂ emissions from our production and transport is a central focus area of our environmental management, and all production facilities work consistently to optimise production processes and enhance their energy consumption. An example is recovery of surplus heat from cooling systems and air compressors, which are energy-intensive processes.
Electricity consumption in our production facilities accounts for half of our scope 1 and scope 2 CO₂ emissions. In Sweden, 100 per cent of the electricity procured has been green power since 2019, and in 2020/21, we initiated a dialogue process to ensure procurement of green power in several of our production facilities. In the longer term, our entire electricity consumption will be based on renewable energy.
The use of natural gas is another large item in our climate accounts, representing about 40 per cent of CO₂ emissions in our production facilities. For this reason, we are working to reduce our CO₂ emissions by way of increased electrification and procurement of green electricity, for example by replacing gas boilers for heat generation by electric boilers or heat pumps.
Collaboration with carriers
Previously, the calculation of our CO₂ emissions from transport only included scope 1, covering fuel consumption to vehicles owned or leased directly by Danish Crown. 2020/21 was the first year in which we estimated scope 3 emissions from transport, covering our external carriers, and we calculated total emissions from transport at approximately 250,000 tonnes of CO₂e. We are in the process of strengthening the procedures for collecting valid primary CO₂ data from our logistics suppliers, and in 2021/22 we will define specific targets for reducing CO₂ emissions from the transportation of our products.
At the same time, we are in an ongoing dialogue with the carriers on how to strengthen our collaboration on climate initiatives. Today, some of our suppliers use biodiesel, natural gas (LNG) and other alternative fuels for their vehicles, which contribute to reducing CO₂ emissions from transport. For example, all of our Swedish carriers use alternative fuels, such as HVO fuel or biogas, reducing CO₂ emissions by more than 90 per cent.
We will reduce our greenhouse gas emissions from production and logistics by 50 per cent per kg meat by 2030 relative to 2005.
We support target 12.2 by ensuring sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources.
CO₂ neutral production facilities
In 2020/21, we decided that three of our big production facilities – Haarlem in the Netherlands as well as Horsens and Holsted in Denmark – must be CO₂ neutral by the end
of 2022. We also identified the carbon footprint of our production facilities, and these three facilities account for nearly 12 per cent of our total scope 1 and scope 2 emissions. In the short term, we source certified green power and biogas and compensate for the CO₂ emissions we cannot eliminate here and now. On each of the three facilities, we have established a project group which will prepare long-term action plans comprising the following initiatives and priorities:
- 100 per cent green power from either own production or procurement
- Electrification of processes driven by fossil fuels
- Replacement of natural gas by biogas
- Switching to vehicles using alternative fuels, for example biogas
- Phasing out investments in fossil fueldriven technologies
- Compensation of remaining CO₂ emissions
Energy consumption in kWh per produced tonne
In 2020/21, we have strengthened our reporting measures on energy and produced quantity,
which has led to an adjustment of figures for our energy intensity – on historic figures, too. Our total energy consumption decreased marginally, while our total production increased. This resulted in a relative decrease in energy intensity per produced tonne. Overall, our energy consumption has been stable in recent years.
CO2 emissions in tonnes (Scopes 1 and 2)
In 2020/21 we have converted our CO2 emissions to a market-based approach for Scope 2 emissions. This paired with our strengthened data foundation on energy consumption has resulted in an adjustment of figures on CO2 emissions. Overall, our CO2e emissions have decreased substantially by 20 per cent during the past three years. The decrease was primarily attributable to the procurement of green electricity at several of our Polish production facilities (Scope 2).