Sustainable Future

  • Our carbon footprint

  • Key challenge

  • Our ambition

  • "Big Five" Initiative

Our carbon footprint

Nordic Milk
carbon footprint 2020

Globally, 26% percent of greenhouse gas come from sectors related to food manufacturing. Food processing companies like Nordic Milk contribute 4% of those emissions.

In 2021 Nordic Milk made a strategic decision to start systematically tackling the environ- mental challenges caused directly or indirectly from our economic activities and supply- chain management. The first step in that complex approach was the measurement of our carbon footprint and setting up measurable objectives based on the result.

Our current carbon footprint has been calculated by following international greenhouse gases reporting standard “GHG Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard”.

    Key challenge

    Changes start with us, but don’t end with us

    Raw milk manufacturing contributes a significant amount of the emissions related to the dairy indus- try, but 85% of our emissions come from farming.

    Joint initiatives with farmers are crucial to reduce the industry’s impact on climate changes. Nordic Milk is willing to contribute to making our supply chain more environment friendly together with our agricultural partners.

    Reduction of the other 15% of emissions is more or less directly in our hands. Here we have set a concrete agenda focusing on real changes related to transportation, packaging, waste management and energy consumption.

    Our ambition

    Carbon neutral manufacturing 2050 at latest

    Based on our climate footprint calculation, we are aware of our activities impacting the en- vironment. Nordic Milk will reduce the carbon footprint of our own activities and 30% of the carbon intensity of production by 2030 by reshaping direct and outsourced operations in our manufacturing processes.

    Next phase will be aligned with the objectives of the Paris Climate Treaty, with an ambitious target to achieve carbon-neutral manufacturing by the year 2050.

    Nordic Milk is on a constant search to find ways to actually minimize our impact on the environ- ment. It’s a process and requires good will and cooperation with our partners. To talk the talk and walk the walk, Nordic Milk has developed a sustainabilty programme called “Big Five Initiative” to make the change.

    "Big Five" Initiative

    Logistics and manufacturing efficiency

    Switch to sustainable energy carriers

    Since 2021, Nordic Milk has used only green energy at its production facilities. By doing this, we’ll reduce the carbon footprint caused of our manufacturing by 65%

    Lean manufacturing

    Systematically reducing the losses of production.

    Using renewable energy on transportation

    We already use the first milk truck running on gas, and our sales staff drive hybrid cars.

    Efficiency of production units

    We have set up a manufacturing unit with high resource efficiency.

    Supply chain management

    Helping farmers to change

    Raw milk bought from farms contributes up to 85% of emissions to Nordic Milk’s carbon footprint. It’s a critical part of our value chain and a key challenge from the environmental perspective. To make positive changes a reality, we’ll push forward joint initiatives with our agricultural partners to find ways to reduce our climate footprint at the farming level.

    Optimising our supply chain

    We will constantly work with our partners to shorten supply chains for other raw materials.

    Using fair-trade commodities

    We will constantly work with our partners to shorten the supply chain.

    Goodbye to virgin plastic

    In 2030, all plastic leaving Nordic Milk factories will be made from renewable sources or from recycled materials. We are saving 200 tons of cardboards a year already by using 300 000 bepco boxes aligned with circular economy principles

    Reducing waste

    Nordic Milk is working together with OÜ Eesti Pakendiringlus (Estonian Package Circulation OÜ) and suppliers to reduce wastage through more sustainable packaging. We also invest in consumer education programmes to raise awareness about food package handling and ensure that our empty packages end up in the recycling.

    Reducing plastics in packaging

    Investments into crude manufacturing have reduced our packaging usage by 7 tons a year. We have reduced another 6 tons of plastic per year by removing plastic cups from portion packs. We save an extra 18 tons of plastic each year simply by making our milk pack caps smaller.

    More functional products

    Products based on customer needs

    We also will reduce our carbon footprint through customer-centric product development and manufacturing. Our ambition is to cater to a balanced food table for consumers with different needs – from vegans to people suffering from lactose intolerance.

    Food innovation

    Our R&D team is in constant innovation mode to develop new products with alternative ingredients that lower our carbon footprint. Nordic Milk also works with national scientists to develop more functional products that redefine traditional food categories. Our Tere Hellus products with the ME3 bacterium and HI! Fiber products full of different fibers are one proof of successful innovation in collaboration with Estonian scientists.

    Less sugar

    Nordic Milk has systematically reduced added sugars in its products. Our approach has also been acknowledged by the Estonian National Food Association.

    No food wastage

    Handling raw materials with care

    Our main raw material in manufacturing is milk, and we aim for a future where not a drop of it is wasted. Every kilogram of food that ends up in the garbage is burdening our planet. By saving food we are saving the environment.

    “Best before” labels on dairy products

    Nordic Milk will change the “Use by” dates on its packages to “best before” labels. By changing the labels on our branded fresh milk and yoghurts, we want to help cut food waste in the home.

    Food donation

    We will donate all edible products approaching the end of their shelf life to the charity organisation Food Bank.

    Less leftovers

    Whey and other unconventional food that is left over from manufacturing will go to biogas stations or nearby farms where it will be used as an animal food.

    Product-package fit

    By using different consumer-friendly packaging formats we ensure that everybody finds the right size pack and gets to enjoy every drop out of it.

    • Logistics and manufacturing efficiency

    • Supply chain management

    • Goodbye to virgin plastic

    • More functional products

    • No food wastage