Environmental matters under close scrutiny

We seek to promote the wellbeing of the environment, both directly and indirectly, throughout the coffee chain. We can wield influence most strongly on environmental issues in our own operations, such as logistics, manufacturing and packagings.

In the countries of origin we can make a difference by communicating with our partners, by participating in projects supporting the use of environmentally friendly cultivation and refining methods, and by procuring raw materials produced in an environmentally friendly way.

Paulig’s roasteries in the Vuosaari district of Helsinki and in Tver, Russia, are modern and energy-efficient and they are located in a logistical nexus. We pay attention to energy use, we reduce the quantity of waste material, and we promote recycling.At the Vuosaari roastery, mixed waste and wastewater are no longer produced at all in the manufacturing process under normal conditions. We also aim for more recycling and higher material efficiency in packaging materials.

In the management of environmental affairs, our cornerstone is the international ISO 14001 environmental standard. We aim to raise the personnel’s awareness of ecological consumption so we can better figure environmental matters into our daily work. To promote environmentally friendliness in office work, we are engaged in the WWF’s Green Office activities.

Read more about our environment report 2014.

 

Energy consumption

Annual energy consumption per tonne of output in Vuosaari (kWh/t)

 

"In 2010, we ran down our old roastery in Vuosaari and started up the new roastery, which naturally affected energy consumption and waste quantities. The distinctly lower figures for 2011 show that the new roastery's processes have successfully found their stride."

- Erkki Enström, Production Manager

 

Annual energy consumption in Tver roastery

Energy source 2013 2014
Natural gas kWh/t 410 440
Electricity kWh/t 190 230

 

Packaging material savings

in 2014 Paulig used 96 000 kg less packaging materials than previous year

 

The combined mass of the material saved
is the equivalent of roughly 90 cars.

 

Annual quantity of waste per tonne of output (kg/tonne of coffee produced)

Quantities of waste have been monitored systematically since 2002. The aim is for all wastes to be recycled as a material or for energy. No mixed waste at all is produced any longer at the Vuosaari roastery.

 

Quantity of waste  in Tver roastery

Waste section 2013 2014
Mixed waste m3/t 0,39  0,33      
Reused packaging (energy waste) kg/t 6,83  7,76
Organic waste kg/t 21,68 20,34