Sustainability report 

Skretting sustainability performance 2019

6. The footprint of our operations

As a global leader in the supply of fish and shrimp feeds, Skretting contributes to the aquaculture industry’s sustainable progress through the provision of feeds that have been formulated from responsibly-sourced raw materials.

Hilde Roald

An equally important part of this commitment is to ensure that our own house is in order when it comes to the production of these feeds, and this responsibility drives our focus areas of reducing energy use, carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, waste and water use across our operations globally.

We are always looking to minimise the negative impacts of our direct operations and create valuable employment opportunities for the communities in which we operate.

We continue to monitor, record and report on five environmental and social manufacturing KPIs on a quarterly basis. We began to do this in 2016, and now all production sites report through our financial reporting systems. We continue to strive for improvement and share best-practice among our different operations.

Skretting currently operates 33 plants around the world in 17 countries. These are collectively producing 2.3 million tonnes of feed annually. Our footprint is always evolving, with new production facilities under construction and closures or plant extensions underway in most regions.  We continually monitor and report four key environmental KPIs, the data quality of which is continuously improved by having a third party taking a critical look at our reporting process.

Image: Hilde Roald, Skretting Operations Director

Water withdrawal increased by 3% to 635 litres per tonne of feed. This is largely due to reporting framework, which takes into account not only water used, but in addition purified excess that is replaced back into water systems cleaner than when it was removed.

The waste generation of feed was 8 kg per tonne, which was slightly reduced compared with 2018. Waste generation can vary year on year due to irregular activities, such as construction work, maintenance and the cleaning of silos and tanks.

We are confident that investments and changes made in 2019 will result in significant improvements in our environmental footprint in 2020.

At Skretting, we directly translate our sustainability mantra of “producing more from less” into our operations with a focus on operational efficiencies, particularly in energy and water use and waste products sent to landfill.

In 2019, the energy consumption per tonne of feed was 2% higher than in 2018. CO2 emissions increased by 4% up to 81 kg CO2e per tonne of feed. The increase in these numbers was predominantly impacted by construction works and the shutdown of UK operations.

Operational sustainability highlights 2019

Fjordfrende ship


6.1 Fjordfrende

Alongside making energy consumption savings on site, we are also focused on reducing the environmental impact of our logistics operations. In 2019, Skretting partnered with Cargill in a new initiative to transport the two companies’ Norwegian feed products on the same vessels instead of separately. 

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