Implementing a Global Environmental Policy - Our Global Environmental Policy focuses on managing the use of energy and reducing carbon emissions. Further, we are looking at reducing the usage of water and production of waste at our facilities worldwide. We comply with all relevant laws, rules and regulations in the countries where we operate and continuously work to improve the energy performance in every single plant.
In order to focus our efforts we are working on five areas that have a huge impact on the environment and that are important in our business: CO2 emissions, water consumption, energy consumption, waste and transport.
We create awareness through an internal continuous improvement program and promote the active involvement and accountability of employees when evaluating our environmental footprint. We are investing in more energy-efficient equipment for chocolate production and are testing the production and usage of cleaner energy.
We have instituted energy action plans at all of our plants, and appointed a member of staff to oversee energy and greenhouse gas reduction efforts. Managers are expected to report key performance indicators and are given bonuses for good performance. As a result, we are on target to meet our goals and have begun to see energy conservation efforts pay off.
Corporate Key Performance Indicators to be measured in all sites include:
- Electricity consumption per ton of activity
- Gas consumption per ton of activity
- Water consumption per ton of activity
- CO2 Emissions per ton of activity
Reducing energy consumption
We aim to reduce our overall energy consumption by 20% per tonne of production activity by 2014. We are doing this through active management of continuous improvement processes in all sites, the identification, testing and rollout of best practices within the Group and through the development of more mature energy management practices. With common processes and technology in place across the world, we can exchange and potentially implement innovative new ideas at all our sites.
We have a project approach to improve our environmental impacts from transportation. This includes centralizing distribution centers, consolidating and maximizing load per shipment, and optimizing direct routing to reduce miles and packaging. Also, we select the most efficient, least emissions-intensive transit modes and intermodal transport whenever possible, we optimize our loads and we train our staff on fuel-efficient, defensive driving techniques, such as reducing speed, leading to a fuel use reduction of 2.5% in Europe during the fiscal year.
Participating in the Carbon Disclosure Project
Barry Callebaut participates in the Carbon Disclosure project to measure emissions using the Greenhouse Gas Protocol methodology. We are on target to reduce the CO2 emissions from our factories by 20% per tonne of production activity by 2014. Both the reduction of energy and the increase of renewable energy lead to an improvement in our carbon emission level. In addition, we strive to reduce carbon emissions from transport by optimizing the flow of raw materials and finished goods, the loads per truck, and similar measures.
Increasing production in origin countries
We are working to reduce emissions by, for example, performing the first product transformation in origin countries, producing chocolate as geographically close to the customer as possible, and optimizing the transport of liquid chocolate deliveries. Increasing production in origin countries of cocoa liquor (55% of total production) resulted in an 18–20% reduction in transport weight (beans compared to liquor). In addition, liquid chocolate deliveries reduce the use of packaging materials.
Increasing the use of renewable energy
By 2014, we will ensure that 20% of the energy we consume is from renewable energy sources. This includes optimization of the use of cocoa shells as bio mass, investigation of production of green energy on our sites, and monitoring the share of renewable energy in the energy we buy. In 2012 we have already achieved 16%.
Cocoa shell burning at factories in Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Cameroon and Brazil has reduced the gas or fuel consumption at those sites significantly. We optimize the efficiency of existing shell burners to produce steam, and, in San Pedro, Côte d’Ivoire, we are working on the production of bio gas through the fermentation of cocoa shells. In addition, we are investigating the use of solar panels and wind turbines at selected sites.