Environmental sustainability

Valio’s environmental policy commits us to acquiring technology that reduces environmental impacts, using ingredients and energy efficiently, and to favouring packages that are re-usable, recyclable or suited to energy fraction.

Environmental sustainability

Environmental policy

Valio’s environmental policy commits us to acquiring technology that reduces environmental impacts, using ingredients and energy efficiently, and to favouring packages that are re-usable, recyclable or suited to energy fraction.

The reported figures cover Valio’s operations in Finland.

The environmental impacts of Valio dairy farms result mainly from the greenhouse gas methane released by cows, and possible phosphorus and nitrogen runoff into waterways caused by silage production.

Environmental impacts at Finnish dairy farms are reduced by the following factors:

  • Soy is not used as protein feed for cows, whereas it is commonly employed for that purpose abroad. Rainforests are cut down to make space for soy cultivation.
  • The resource efficiency of milk production and processing is being systematically improved. (See target table.) The environmental impact per milk litre decreases as a result.
  • In Finland, the same cow provides for the production of both milk and beef. This spreads the climate load over different food products.
  • The forests and pastures owned by dairy farms act as carbon sinks for production.

Environmental goals 2015–2017

The 2015–2017 environmental program aims to reduce waste water load and volume in proportion to the quantity of milk taken in. Presenting the figures in proportion to the quantity of milk taken in is an international standard in the dairy industry.

During 2015, the goals for the proportionate reductions in both waste water load and volume were progressed, and the sub-goals set for 2015 were reached.

In order to avoid overlapping figures, energy efficiency improvement was transferred from the environmental system to the development program under the energy efficiency agreement.