In order to determine where we can avoid CO2 we began by measuring the accumulated CO2 emissions from the production of our products. For this purpose we have on the one hand analysed the entire path of our potatoes; that means from the field via transportation and processing of our potato specialities to their delivery to the refrigerated point of sale at the retail outlet.
and on the other all other sectors of our daily work such as inward and outward journeys of our employees, business travel, printed matter, cleaning materials and refrigerants etc. etc. etc. …
In all these sectors we endeavour to avoid CO2 from the outset. Irrespective of whether it involves carbon neutral stationery or the carbon neutral transportation of our products.
But of course we still produce CO2 during the manufacture of our 11er potato specialities. Wherever we are unable to avoid the production of greenhouse gases, we have developed various measures that help us at least reduce the CO2 emissions.
A lot of heat is generated in our production facility by deep-.frying our products. We can use this heat in our own heat recovery system to heat up nearly 70,000 l of process water every day for our own production. This allows us to save fossil fuels and reduce the CO2 emissions during the production of our Rösti, French Fries or croquettes.
And all of the electricity we buy comes from hydroelectric power stations; because we believe it is important to cover our power needs with regenerative energy. Thanks to our own wastewater treatment plant, we can not only reduce our water consumption but also re-use the treated water directly in production.
CO2 is compensated by saving the same amount of CO2 that would have been produced by our own emissions somewhere else. This can take place anywhere in the world.
For example, we support projects in places where coal-fired power stations would have been built were it not for our assistance. By purchasing carbon credits, we also contribute to the reforestation of woodlands and their protection against forest clearance.
But the most important thing when compensating CO2 is that the certificates purchased also have to be “immobilised”. This means that the certificates are taken off the market, thus ensuring that they cannot be sold twice. This is the only way to effectively compensate CO2. As long as we only purchase and hold emission certificates, we do not contribute to compensating greenhouse gases.