25.2.2021 Article

Paulig participates in a project led by the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), in which Finnish food industry operators are developing a streamlined, science-based model for calculating foodstuffs’ environmental footprints that can be applied in practice. This cooperation project supports Paulig’s sustainability work and the development of sustainability communications.

Paulig aims to be a sustainable frontrunner, and it has set an ambitious sustainability approach. Paulig’s aim is that by 2030, 70 per cent of the company’s net sales come from products and services that enable health and wellbeing for people and the planet. As part of this goal, Paulig aims to reduce the carbon footprint of its products systematically as well as to inspire consumers to opt for sustainable choices.

“In the future, we want to calculate and clearly communicate the environmental impacts of our products. It’s important that we can utilise a streamlined environmental footprint calculation system in developing our products and provide comparable information to both consumers and other stakeholders. This important cooperation project helps us develop our own environmental footprint calculation and related communications,” says Lea Rankinen, Sustainability & Public Affairs Director, Paulig.

In the project led by Luke, food industry companies strive to find a shared method for calculating foodstuffs’ environmental footprint and to identify emission reduction targets in their value chain. Common rules are required for the calculation methods to ensure that the carbon and other environmental footprint communications of foodstuffs as well as public discussion and decision-making would be based on as consistent and comparable information as possible.

In its climate work, Paulig’s ambition is to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from its own operations by 80 per cent and our value chain by 50 per cent by 2030. The science-based climate targets have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative.