Achieving carbon neutrality by 2030 means that we must reduce our operations’ direct and indirect carbon dioxide emissions to zero. On the area of emissions resulting directly from our own operations, we are committed to achieve carbon neutrality by 2025.
The primary tool in reducing our carbon footprint is to make changes in our operations and supply chain, for example by switching to renewable energy sources. Carbon offset is a secondary means for us, to be used when it is not possible to further reduce our emission levels.
Oriola’s carbon footprint consists of three emission groups: direct emissions, which includes refrigerant leaks; emissions from purchased energy; and indirect emissions in the supply chain. The carbon footprint has been calculated in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol accounting principles and covers the whole company.
Oriola has worked for years to reduce its carbon footprint with systematic targets and plans. Compared to our base year 2019 level, our initiatives have reduced our carbon footprint. In 2022, Oriola’s CO2 emissions from our own operations (Scope 1 & 2) decreased by 70% compared to the 2019 level. This has been driven by increasing the share of renewable electricity at Group level and switching to renewable district heating at our distribution centre in Finland. As much as 91% of Oriola’s total energy consumption now comes from renewable or carbon-neutral sources.
To achieve reductions in our direct emissions, we have introduced new low-emission options for refrigerants when increasing our cold storage capacity for products that require temperature-controlled storing conditions. For example, in 2022 a new cooling system based on climate-friendly CO2 technology was installed at Oriola’s distribution centre in Sweden. We have estimated that this will bring annual savings that equal 110 tons of CO2, and thus, decreased our Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 6% in 2022.
Supply chain emissions
Transport is Oriola's largest source of indirect emissions, as suppliers are responsible for the entire transport network. Engaging them to progress towards net-zero emissions is a major undertaking and calls for collaboration, as well as sharing of best practices. For us, close cooperation with transport partners makes it possible to reduce emissions by for example optimising routes, using capacity efficiently and expanding the use of alternative fuels.
In addition, Oriola has held discussions with each transport supplier on how they can help us to achieve our environmental goals and contribute to reduced CO2 emissions. This has improved the delivery of emission data, covering data related to emissions calculation practices and resources needed to carry out Oriola’s transport consignments. Also, Oriola supports its customers with emission data and helps them receive better visibility to their carbon footprint.
Transport emissions can also be impacted at our distribution centres, for example by improving the filling rate of transport boxes, which reduces the number of boxes delivered to customers.