Greenhouse gas emissions disclosure

Greenhouse gas emissions

Greenhouse gas emissions contribute to global warming, sea level rise, desertification and increasing incidence of extreme weather conditions, such as storms and heavy rains. HKScan therefore recognizes the importance of contributing to GHG emission reductions and committing to global and national targets as defined under the Paris Agreement.

GHG emissions from HKScan’s operations

In order to understand and quantify our emission sources and to monitor our carbon footprint, HKScan is disclosing its greenhouse gas emissions in compliance with scope 1 (direct) and 2 (indirect) emissions of the Greenhouse gas protocol.

HKScan has disclosed its greenhouse gas emissions since 2014. In 2015, emissions were reduced by 37 per cent from the 2014 level and in 2016 further improvements led to a reduction of 53 per cent compared to 2014.


GHG emissions decreased by 53 per cent from 2014 to 2016!

In total, HKScan’s GHG emissions decreased by 53 per cent or 127 thousand tonnes from 2014 to 2016. The total emissions for the entire Group amounted to 112 thousand tonnes of CO2e in 2016. About half of the decrease is attributable to the switch to hydroelectricity in Sweden and Poland, and the combined use of bio- and hydroelectric power in Finland. Increased energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy sources have contributed to the mitigation of climate impacts, as well as lowered emission factors for the Nordic and Estonian electricity residual mixes.

Electricity use on premises

HKScan’s premises in Sweden, Poland and Finland use electricity from renewable sources, leading to large reductions in GHG emissions compared to 2014 when no renewable electricity was in use.

The emission factors for the Nordic residual mix and the Estonian residual mix were reduced from 2014 to 2016, which led to GHG reductions in Denmark and Estonia.

Energy efficiency is an important part of HKScan’s GHG mitigation and the group-wide electricity usage has declined by 4 per cent or 2 thousand tonnes of CO 2e from 2014 to 2016.

Heating on premises

GHG emissions caused by heating have declined due to increased use of renewable energy. Several of HKScan’s production sites use district heating and steam from renewable sources. In Skara in Sweden we have a direct supply of biogas and further supply of biogas at other sites is under investigation.

Also at farm level the use of renewable energy for heating has improved, today two Estonian farms use wood pellets and wood chips for heating. Energy efficiency has also helped mitigating the GHG emissions from heating.

Refrigerants, transports, travel and freezing

Emissions from transports and travel are in the same order as when we started our measurements, we continuously take more electric fork lifts into use as well as leasing cars with lower GHG limits, but these changes take longer time and are not reflected on a two-year period. Preventing leakage of refrigerants has also stayed on the same level.   Emissions from freezing were halved from 2014 to 2016.





HKScan’s total greenhouse gas emissions originating from its production sites and farms owned by HKScan amounted to 112 thousand tonnes of CO 2e in 2016, applying the market-based method in Scope 2.

Applying the location-based method in Scope 2, total emissions were 126 thousand tonnes of CO 2e.

Read more about the methodology and its premises here .

GHG emissions in the entire meat value chain

Scope 1 and 2 cover less than ten per cent of the total greenhouse gas emissions of meat production from farm to fork (i.e. HKScan operations). Scope 3 (i.e. activities in the value chain prior to and after HKScan operations) covers more than 90 per cent. Animal primary production is the significantly greatest source of emissions in scope 3.

In order to assess its products from a lifecycle perspective (and part of sope 3), HKScan uses Lifecycle analysis (LCA) to measure various environmental aspects of our products.