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New environmental and sustainability objectives at the Newport factory

In 2014, Raisio's UK-based Newport snack bar factory carried out its own environment and sustainability programme to complement the Group's sustainability objectives. The production transferred from Tywyn to Newport also included sustainability goals.

In 2014, new employees were recruited to Newport for the development of environmental work, and the factory management committed to the new environmental objectives. The aim is to reduce the most important environmental impacts: water and energy consumption, fuel consumption and impact of fuel used in transportation and waste to landfill. In addition, Newport is focusing on waste recycling and pollution prevention.

The production of Tywyn snack bar factory was relocated to Newport during a period of six months. One of the key environmental objectives in 2014 was to reduce the carbon footprint of manufacturing and this was achieved through the production transfer. The manufacturing carbon footprint decreased by about 15 per cent compared to 2013. Moreover, water consumption declined significantly compared to the year before with the production centralisation.

 

What can be measured, can be improved

At the Newport factory, the aim is to meet the new objectives by 2017. This year, the factory management is discussing the possible introduction of the ISO 14001 standard. In Finland, all Raisio factories are within the scope of ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.

At the Newport factory, environmental indicators are now followed more closely than before, which allows the development work and achievement of objectives. Newport has also carried out major improvements in terms of hygiene and related standards. In 2014, the Newport plant received an RSPO (Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil) certification and continues to focus on products made of sustainable raw materials. Raisio's customers have given positive feedback to the factory management on the development– they like what they see.

Raisio has successfully reduced the carbon footprint of its production already before. In Finland, the carbon footprint calculation of Elovena snack drink Aurinkoinen led to improvements in energy efficiency at the non-dairy plant that was at the time owned by Raisio.