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A responsible value chain

We make continuous efforts to reduce our environmental footprint and improve resource efficiency. The transparency and traceability of our procurement always take precedence.

Our corporate responsibility footprint is determined throughout the supply chain – from the cornfields to the consumer. It covers our own operations as well as the entire delivery chain, thus being a shared interest among Olvi, our suppliers and partners. Good supply chain management and procurement practices have a substantial effect on the environment, climate and society. What is most efficient is often the most ecological, as well.

Responsibility for the environment

Responsibility for the environment is one of the most important themes in the delivery chain.

Environmental responsibility is largely manifested as safety and resource efficiency – the safe and efficient use of raw materials, supplies and energy, as well as recycling and optimisation of transports. We make continuous efforts to reduce our environmental footprint.

Our Group-wide environmental policy and its focus areas – carbon footprint reduction, water consumption, treatment of wastewater and recycling of materials – define the objectives and targets for our environmental responsibility. The achievement of targets is regularly monitored in the Management Group of Olvi plc and the Group-wide teams for production and procurement.

Operating models

As a result of years of development of environmental footprint issues, Olvi observes the following operating models:

  • The production plant is heated by district heating, and electrical power comes from renewable sources.
  • The by-products mash and excess yeast are delivered to cattle farms for use as animal feed.
  • Raw materials and chemicals are transported to the brewery in tanks and recyclable packages.
  • Packaging waste from production, as well as hazardous waste, is sorted at our own waste processing centre and delivered for recycling.
  • Olvi’s products are packaged exclusively in refillable or recyclable packages. Olvi belongs to the national bottle recycling scheme.
  • Waste Water is routed to the process of the local municipal waste Water treatment plant trough an equalising tank that reduces the biological oxygen-consuming load and the use of biofilter.

Identified gaseous emissions from our operations:

  • Goods transports generate flue gas emissions.
  • The fermentation process at the brewery releases carbon dioxide.
  • The wort-boiling process releases a harmless bread-like sweet smell to the vicinity.

Olvi has complied with a voluntary energy efficiency agreement system for the food industry since 2003. The agreement is based on the EU Energy Services Directive. The system is valid until the end of 2026 and replaces the energy-saving agreement that expired at the end of 2016. The system involves agreement on a framework for continuous and systematic improvements in energy efficiency. This shows that Olvi plc is a serious player in our society’s joint effort against climate change.

Our products carry the EKOenergy label

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The EKOenergy ecolabel is an environmental label established by the Finnish Association for Nature Conservation. The label informs consumers of the energy forms that are the best for the environment. The EKOenergy label can also be given to energy produced by wind power, biofuels, hydropower and solar panels as well as to services that promote energy savings. The use of the EKOenergy label is controlled by way of annual audits.

Learn more about The ECOenergy label 

Our environmental measures

Olvi’s principal environmental measures in 2019:

  • We have a bio-heating plant which produces the steam and heat we need for our processes. The heating plant’s energy source is the sawdust and bark mixture generated as a by-product of the local sawmill industry. This is supplemented with chips made from energy wood.
  • We reduce our specific consumption of energy with selected measures indicated by an energy audit. The focal points of these measures are: the recovery of the heat generated in process cooling and its recycling back into the production process, the optimisation of the property’s heating and ventilation as well as their control, adaptable to conditions, the gradual adoption of LED lighting and smart lighting control.
  • The enhanced collection of energy waste and the reduction of transport emissions by replacing open skips with scrap crushers and waste compactors. We have been able to move from the weekly emtying of skips to the emptying of cushers and compactors, which takes place every on to two monts.

Environmental indicators, such as wastewater, landfill waste as well as the consumption of electricity, steam and heat are part of a part of the plant’s performance card and are under active monitoring. The goal is positive development (i.e. reduction) per measured unit.

Recycling system for beverage containers

Finns are ranked at the top tier worldwide when it comes to recycling beverage containers. Deposit containers remain in the cycle, away from landfills, because all parties involved in the system chain do an outstanding job: the beverage industry, drinks trade and, above all, Finnish consumers, whose rate of returning beverage containers to recycling improves year after year.

PALPA is responsible for the reuse of materials, and administers and develops the recycling system for beverage containers in Finland

What if everything were to work as effectively as the beverage container recycling system in Finland?

Finnish Packaging Recycling RINKI Ltd

Olvi participates in a reuse system thanks to which only some 3% of packaging in Finland ends up in landfills. Read everything about packaging and get more information: Finnish Packaging Recycling RINKI Ltd

Responsible procurement

A responsible delivery chain means the choice of responsible suppliers. That also means transparency and the traceability of our procurements. It is important for us that our raw materials, packaging materials and the products made from them fulfil the requirements and expectations of customers and consumers.

The Group-wide procurement principles and operating models are defined in our procurement policy. We purchase our raw materials from approved suppliers, and the quality of each delivery is verified. We gladly prefer local suppliers and also co-operate with various stakeholders to develop corporate responsibility within our sector of industry.

Clean groundwater

Pohjavesi_koskiThe water used by Olvi is high-quality groundwater originating from a pristine forest area. The area is protected and located away from external pollution. The area’s ecosystem is protected and the water is used in sustainable manner.

Olvi engages in large-scale cooperation with other operators in the industrial sector for cleaner water, and supports and develops the fishing industry, the use of natural resources, agriculture and the food industry through the Olvi Foundation, among others.

The Iisalmi waterway

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