Valio’s environmental policy commits us to acquiring technology that reduces environmental impacts, using ingredients and energy efficiently, and to favour 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 methane released by cows and nitrous oxide emissions from farming, both of which are greenhouse gases, as well as possible phosphorus and nitrogen runoff into waterways as a consequence of silage production.
Environmental impacts at Finnish dairy farms are reduced by the following factors:
- No soy is used as protein feed for our cows. Abroad it is commonly employed for precisely that purpose and rainforest is cleared to make way for soy cultivation.
- Milk production and processing resource efficiency benefits from systematic improvement. (See target table.) The decreases environmental impact per milk litre.
- In Finland, the same cow provides for both milk and beef production, spreading the climate load over different food products.
Valio’s environmental system
Valio has held an ISO 14001 environmental certificate covering its domestic operations since the year 2000. The certificate was re-approved in 2015 to 29 September 2018.
Internal and external audits ensure continuous evaluation of environmental system performance.
Valio’s environmental goals are determined in three-year programs, and annual intermediate goals are set on the basis of the specific measures to be taken. The three-year programs enable proper focal areas, and measures for more controlled planning, implementation and efficiency.
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 those figures in proportion to milk taken in is the international standard in the dairy industry.
The goals for proportionate reductions in both waste water load and volume were progressed during 2016, and the sub-goals set for the year 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.