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Environmental meters

Raw materials and material efficiency

Raw materials used in Raisio's products are mainly renewable. Our objective is economical and efficient use of raw materials.

Reduction of waste volumes plays an important role in the pursuit of material efficiency. Responsible management of production processes is vital in this work. Material flows between production plants are considerable; by-product transfers cause multiplication in the reported raw material and production volumes. Water use for products is not included in the quantities of raw material.

Scope of reporting

The graph above describes the raw material use and production volumes of Finnish production plants only.

Water

Water consumption is an important environmental factor for Raisio. Water is used in production and cooling processes. Water used at Raisio's Finnish production plants is mainly surface water.
Reducing water consumption is still an important objective at Raisio. The company enhances its use of water by using water sparingly and by recovering and recycling usable water.

Scope of reporting

The graph above shows the water use at our Finnish and UK production plants 2011-2013. Sulma's factory in Poland is included in the reporting from the beginning of 2012 and the Czech sites of Candy Plus are included for the year 2013. Changes in production structure lead to increase the waste water volume and specific consuption.

Energy

Raisio's processes use energy in the form of electricity and steam. Raisio's energy supply is mainly based on purchased energy. Electric energy Raisio purchases is carbon dioxide free.
In Finland, Raisio owns two power plants, one in Raisio and the other in Kouvola. Both the plants are within the scope of emissions trading.

Due to the changed production structure, the specific heat consumption per tonne of product increased by more than 10 per cent, even though the total consumption fell. The requirement of heat treatment imposed on the feed production has also increased the specific heat consumption.

Scope of reporting

The graph above shows the energy use of Finnish and UK production plants 2011-2013. Sulma's factory in Poland is included in the reporting from the beginning of 2012 and the Czech sites of Candy Plus are included for the year 2013.

Emissions from energy production

Raisio reports of the direct greenhouse gas emissions generated in its own energy production as CO2e values. Reporting also includes the CO2e values of purchased energy according to the quantities Raisio's energy suppliers have reported. Carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) describes the total climate warming effect of greenhouse gases.

The electricity acquired to the Finnish sites is eco-labelled and it constitutes 43 per cent of the Group's electricity use. Its production does not generate greenhouse gas emissions advancing climate change.

Scope of reporting

The graph above shows the CO2e emissions of the Finnish production only.

Wastewater

Raisio's measures to reduce the amount of waste water include, among others, water reuse and recycling solutions. Wastewaters from the production plants are mainly conducted directly to municipal wastewater treatment plants. At our Raisio-based site, wastewater is partly treated using our own cleaning solutions before the wastewater is conducted to the Group's wastewater pretreatment plant. After the pretreatment, wastewater is conducted to the municipal network.

Scope of reporting

The graph above shows the amount of wastewater generated by the Finnish and UK production plants 2011 – 2013. Sulma's factory in Poland is included in the reporting from the beginning of 2012 and the Czech plants of Candy Plus are included for the year 2013. Changes in Raisio's production structures resulted in the increase of both wastewater volume and specific energy consumption.

Waste

Raisio aims at the reduction of waste volume as well as at high recovery rates of waste, in which correct and careful sorting is of key importance. Recovered or recycled waste accounted for about 70 per cent of the total waste volume. Raisio mainly uses recovered waste either as material or as an energy source.

Scope of reporting

The graph above shows the landfill waste generated by the Finnish and UK production plants 2011 - 2013. Sulma's factory in Poland is included in the reporting from the beginning of 2012 and the Czech plants of Candy Plus are included for the year 2013.

Raisio's landfill waste was halved compared to the 2012 level. The non-recoverable waste and landfill fractions accounted for about 29 per cent of the total amount of waste.