Polarica recognizes the vital rolefunctional ecosystems play in our economic viability. As such, we are committed to environmental responsibility and have implemented measures to reduce our impact on the environment.

We recognize the importance of  reducing our carbon footprint and have invested in rigorous carbon calculations to accurately measure our greenhouse gas emissions.

Polarica strives to minimize its environmental impact through circular economy and waste management practices, optimizing energy and water consumption, minimizing transportation, and adhering to environmental legislation.

We are committed to developing an annual environmental plan to define and achieve our environmental sustainability goals. These goals are approved by our management and reported to our board of directors. 

Material Efficiency

We aim to use material in a responsible manner.

Waste and energy optimization 
Polarica is dedicated to reducing waste and energy consumption in order to minimize our environmental impact.

We've made significant progress towards this goal by reducing paper, carton, and label use through direct printing and switching to recycled paper. We've also decreased plastic usage by using thinner pillow bags, monomaterial packaging, and reducing plastic bags for internal processes.

Our LEAN and improvement-based production processes have increased efficiency and reduced energy consumption, while LED lighting and heat recovery have led to substantial energy savings. Additionally, internal logistic improvements have resulted in decreased energy consumption. 

Polarica has also made its transportation more efficient by emphasizing the share of fully loaded loads in logistics to minimize the environmental impact caused by the transportation of products.

Overall, these measures have significantly reduced our carbon footprint

Future plans

At Polarica, we are always exploring new ways to reduce waste and increase efficiency in our production processes.

One of our top priorities is the implementation of solar panels at our production facilities. We are currently planning a 1 MWp installation that will cover 15% of our annual energy consumption for production. 

This will not only reduce our carbon footprint but also help us become more self-sufficient and less reliant on traditional energy sources.

In addition to our solar panel project, we are also focused on further optimizing our production processes.

By streamlining implementation and eliminating bottlenecks, we aim to increase efficiency and reduce consumption by 3-5% annually. This includes everything from raw materials and packaging to transportation and logistics.

At Polarica, we believe that material efficiency is crucial for a sustainable future.

Carbon Neutrality

We aim for carbon neutrality by 2035.

Current carbon calculations

At Polarica Berry Group, we are committed to minimizing our impact on the environment and taking responsibility for our carbon emissions. To ensure that our carbon calculations are accurate and transparent, we collaborated with Lumme Energia and C02eston.

We collected the necessary data using comprehensive data collection forms, which companies filled out in the spring of 2022. To ensure the most up-to-date information, we calculated our carbon footprint using figures from the year 2021.

Our calculations were carried out in accordance with the widely accepted Greenhouse Gas Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting standard - the most widely used standard for carbon accounting globally.

Our carbon footprint totaled 27,578 tons of CO2e, and the distribution of the carbon footprint across our subsidiaries is as follows: Polarica Poland at 21,631 tons of CO2e, Polarica Kaskein at 2,399 tons of CO2e, Polarica Sotkamo at 1,899 tons of CO2e, Polarica AB Haparanda at 1,091 tons of CO2e, and Polarica Skogsbärsinköps AB at 558 tons of CO2e.

We recognize the importance of disclosing our carbon footprint and strive to continuously reduce it. We believe that our commitment to transparency and accountability in carbon accounting is critical for the environment and our company's long-term viability.

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