Skretting Sustainability Report 2022

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Initiatives from our Operating Companies

Learn more about some of our sustainability initiatives around the world.

Skretting Italy – a sustainability frontrunner

Over the years Skretting Italy has been recognised as a sustainability frontrunner in Skretting. Last year was particularly successful for the team in Mozzecane regarding their KPIs. The team implemented many improvement projects in the plant that resulted in reduction of energy, CO2e, and water per tonne of feed. A continuous focus on dryer optimisation, regular housekeeping and successful implementation of our operational excellence project were key components of the success. In addition, CO2e reduction was enhanced by on-site solar electricity generation and replacement of a small service diesel boiler with an electric boiler.

“Maintaining a focus on energy efficiency is the way we work, and not an isolated event,” says Giorgio Ronca, Industrial Manager. “One of the important activities last year was an upgrade of our energy management system. Now we have enough data resolution to identify even a small improvement opportunity in our plant and make decisions about energy projects based on a detailed analysis of energy data. In addition, there are two other ‘magic words’ that have allowed us to obtain these results, involvement and synergy. Involvement of all production operators, and synergy with the other departments that are part of the value chain. This will be fundamental for future continuous improvement of our energy performance.”

Skretting Italy observed a 2.5% increase in waste per tonne. At the same time, the team introduced post-industrial (PI) recycled material in their polyethylene (PE) bags. The bags are made from three layers of PE with the recycled content in the middle between the two layers of virgin PE. This was a challenging project because many aspects had to be considered to guarantee feed safety

With around 105 tonnes of bags and over 3 000 buckets purchased in 2022, Skretting Italy recycled over 50 tonnes of plastic.
Adamo Caldori, Purchasing Responsible, Skretting Italy

The most important was to ensure that the source of the PI material is traceable and not contaminated. Skretting Italy ensured compliance with the regulations and carried out a risk assessment that has been approved by the veterinary control authorities. We are proud to share that around 50% of a bag is made from recycled PE without increasing the thickness of the bag. Skretting Italy also uses buckets made from 75% polypropylene post consumption recycled content.

“With around 105 tonnes of bags and over 3 000 buckets purchased in 2022, Skretting Italy recycled over 50 tonnes of plastic,” says Adamo Caldori, Purchasing Responsible at Skretting Italy. “We are fully committed to the Nutreco Sustainability Roadmap 2025, and improving the circularity of plastic material is an important step in this journey.”

Skretting Norway named PwC’s 2022 Climate Winner

Every year, PwC in Norway prepares a climate index, which is an overview of the climate activities and reporting of the largest companies in Norway. Of the 100 largest companies, only 11 companies ended up in category 1 — and Skretting Norway is one of them.

To be awarded the top position, companies must show that they are cutting their emissions in line with the requirements of the Paris Agreement, in addition to excellent and publicly available climate reporting.

“Skretting has made it easy to understand the climate impact the company has had throughout its value chain over the past three years, while at the same time they can show impressive results by cutting their emissions in line with the requirements of the Paris Agreement” says John Wikström, head of strategy and sustainability at PwC Bergen.

Skretting has a long tradition in sustainability reporting, particularly in Norway, and Skretting Norway has set clear and long-term goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Fortunately, we see that we can do a lot when we work together with others instead of going alone.
Leif Kjetil Skjæveland, Sustainability and public relations manager, Skretting Norway
In PwC’s Climate Index, the companies in category 1 are distinguished by the following:
  • Open and good reporting of the company’s greenhouse gas emissions at least three years back in time
  • Clear specification of which sources of emissions are included in the calculations
  • Climate accounting that includes all significant emissions in scope 1, 2 and 3
  • Reporting showing cuts in carbon intensity and/or absolute emissions
  • Average emissions cuts over the past three years, which are in line with the requirements and expectations of the Paris Agreement
  • Emission cuts appear to be permanent and not temporary

About the PwC Climate Index

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ACT! Actions to help improve the world

What do a Swedish environmental activist, a 70s rock star and a new Norwegian law have in common? The answer is the word ACT! and it has become Skretting Norway’s practical way of kicking off their new sustainability actions.

Greta Thunberg has asked us to stop the “blah, blah, blah” and instead act as if the house is on fire. Sir Bob Geldof said that “if you act instead of just thinking about doing something, then it will happen”. And finally, The Norwegian Transparency Act of 2022 says that all large Norwegian companies should carry out human rights due diligence in its own business and value chain.

That is why Skretting Norway has chosen to call their sustainability work ACT! There are currently 12 actions customers can select to start working on — together with Skretting. In short it has actions to reduce the green house gas emissions in the supply chain and to select raw materials that are more footprint friendly, plus ways to move more towards a circular economy. And finally it is about social responsibility and governance.

“When we started the work to find out concrete actions that we in Skretting could implement for sustainability a few years ago, we first thought that we could launch a special green feed to the market. We have abandoned this mindset, because we believe that sustainability work requires collaboration and that different companies will emphasise different focus areas and have different capacity for action. In addition, it will probably turn out that some of the measures we think are good today may not be that effective, while there will be other excellent initiatives that we have not seen the contours of yet,” says Leif Kjetil Skjæveland sustainability and public relations manager in Skretting Norway.

It's about us being able to make a difference together with our suppliers and our customers. And it is about having as concrete activities as possible.
Mads Martinsen, Director Sustainability and product development, Skretting Norway

The current 12 actions

The following are the initial suggestions for ESG activities that Skretting Norway and their customers will carry out together:

  1. Reduce Land Use Change (LUC) for the raw materials we source
  2. CO2 reduction by working close with selected suppliers in our value chain
  3. Help develop more novel ingredients so we can have a larger and more versatile ingredient basket
  4. Include raw materials with a lower footprint or from a circular economy
  5. Social programs to improve the situation where we source our ingredients
  6. Lower emissions and less use of phosphorus and zinc by including phytase in the feed
  7. Sludge handling to utilise this valuable resource
  8. Health monitoring as a tool to prevent that a fish dies unnecessarily as nothing is as wasted as a dead fish
  9. Sustainability reporting to ensure that our and the customer’s governance is transparent and to measure that we move in the right direction
  10. Certificate of origin for renewable electricity
  11. Transport with lower CO2 with hydrogen powered trucks for feed transport (land-based)
  12. Carbon offsets with local tree planting as an additional solution to lowering scope 1, 2 and 3

Skretting Chile enters Clean Production Agreement with SalmonChile

In Chile, the promotion of cleaner production is promoted and coordinated by the National Council for Clean Production (NCCP), an institution under the Ministry of Economy. One of the goals of NCCP is to contribute to reducing greenhouse gases through its main management instrument, the Clean Production Agreement (APL).

The purpose of the Clean Production Agreement coordinated by SalmonChile is to move ahead with real and tangible solutions to reduce the environmental gaps in salmon farming in Chile, specifically regarding carbon footprint and the generation of solid waste. The agreement is in line with RoadMap 2025, as an important part of the value chain of the national aquaculture industry, responsible for feeding a growing population.

Skretting Chile adheres to four of the seven goals set forth in the APL, with an 87.54% progress in terms of achievable actions as of the date of this report:
  • Goal 1: Skretting Chile implements a corporate management with a focus on sustainability.
  • Goal 2: Skretting Chile sets a mitigation goal for its GHG emissions to be achieved at the end of its implementation.
  • Goal 3: Skretting Chile has a waste implementation system and guidelines for adding circular economy into its operations.
  • Goal 5: Skretting Chile designs new circular business models as a supplier to the salmon producing companies.

The APL certification ends in the second half of 2023, and Skretting Chile has verified and delivered evidence that ensures compliance of the goals with committed actions, designating the right employees to work on the concrete development of strategic plans.

Next: Good citizenship

This pillar of RoadMap 2025 is primarily focused on diversity and inclusion. We will address this by ensuring we empower local communities with best practices and technology to ensure that aquaculture offers a sustainable path to healthy living.

In addition, we address good citizenship internally, ensuring that we continue to be a diverse and inclusive employer.

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Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions
The carbon footprint of our products
Initiatives from our Operating Companies