HKScan is part of an extensive system of the circular economy. The company aims to maintain the value of the resources used in the production and consumption chain for as long as possible. Such resources include raw materials, water and energy. It also aims to create new business operations or support existing businesses in different parts of the chain.
This report describes HKScan’s operations as part of the system of circular economy. For example, measures related to resource and material efficiency are described in the section concerning the environment, and sustainable purchases are discussed in the section concerning responsible and ethical sourcing.
EFFECTIVE CIRCULATION OF NUTRIENTS AND SIDE STREAMS ON FARMS
Farms are prime examples of the circular economy. For example, nutrients contained in manure are used on fields to grow grains for animal feed or for food production. Locally produced grains represent a significant part of animal nutrition, in addition to food industry side streams, which are used to feed pigs, for example, and would otherwise be regarded as waste.
Farms are increasingly using renewable energy, such as woodchips, wind energy, solar power and biogas.
FOOD PRODUCTION – MATERIALS ARE CIRCULATED FROM PRIMARY PRODUCTION TO CONSUMPTION
HKScan aims to use all parts of animals primarily for food production. Side streams are efficiently directed to other sectors, such as the leather, feed and pet food industries. The remaining animal-based matter is used to produce biogas or fertilisers, for example. Waste fractions from production are circulated in line with the waste management hierarchy.
Energy and material efficiency are important priorities for environmental work at HKScan. Improvements in these areas have direct positive effects on the climate.
From primary production to consumption, food production always generates emissions into water and air. Meat production has the most significant effects. Environmental work at HKScan aims to minimise environmental effects in the company’s own industrial production and in its work with animal producers. HKScan’s countries of production have effective, high-quality agricultural practices and production methods in place, and continuous improvement is carried out to reduce environmental effects. Therefore, HKScan actively cooperates with research institutes.
Read more about our actions as part of circular economy approach: production plants and animal primary production.