Skretting gives itself ‘more to do’ on sustainability
Skretting has put sustainability at the heart of its future plans
Skretting, the feed giant owned by nutreco, is in the process of setting new targets aimed at pushing the company’s and the industry’s boundaries on sustainability.
in an interview with intraFish, Skretting SeO therese Log Bergjord was candid about the company’s failings in the area:
‘We have not done enough, we laid out some good ground work and are setting up crisp targets going forward, which are ambitious and relevant for the whole industry,
‘We are here for the long-run and we are taking the footprint that we leave behind very seriously. it has to be sustainable.’
Launching its latest sustainability report, Skretting measured itself against a range of metrics, including energy efficiency, emissions, water usage and human capital.
While it showed progress in some areas, in others the needle moved in the wrong direction. For example, Skretting consumed 2 percent more energy per metric ton of feed produced in 2019 compared to the year prior, and CO2 emissions increased four percent year-on-year to 81 kilograms of CO2 per metric ton of feed.
While the figures can lack context -- the shutdown of its Uk operations impacted overall numbers, for example -- Skretting is establishing more aggressive science-based targets to reach the goals of the Paris agreement of limiting global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius.
the company is assessing exactly how much it needs to cut its CO2 emissions from both its factories and raw material sourcing, Skretting Sustainability Manager trygve Berg Lea told intraFish.
the initial target will be set for 2030, but the exact reduction in percentage terms will be defined in the next six months, which will lead
to a focus on more tangible reduction, Berg Lea said.
CO2 reduction can require out-of-the-box thinking, including taking actions that may benefit other companies as well.
Last year, Skretting partnered with rival feed giant Cargill to transport the two companies’ norwegian feed products on the same vessels, not only to decrease shipping traffic and costs, but to cut greenhouse gas emissions associated with the transportation of fish feed by one-fifth.
Flexibility in feed production and ingredients has always been one of the most important topics for Skretting, and the company has been evaluating changes in its raw material supply chain, Berg Lea said.
In 2019, 27 percent of fishmeal and fish oil in Skretting originated from trimmings and by-products, while the remainder was from whole fish. Skretting aims to trace all fish oil and fishmeal purchased back to MarinTrust certified fisheries by 2025.
‘Many question the dangers in being reliant on sources far away, which means we might need additional focus on regional and national food security,’ Berg Lea said.
In addition to fishmeal and oil being sourced from far-flung locations such as Peru, the company is also reliant on vitamins and a range of other feed additives mostly produced in China.
‘the coronavirus situation showed how vulnerable we are if we got a complete shutdown in China ... it’s complete disruption,’Berg Lea said.
However, how this actually plays out is dependent not only on Skretting, but on politicians and regulators as well, Berg Lea noted.
Skretting does admit some holes in sustainable sourcing, especially with wild fish stocks and soy, which are right at the heart of the feed sustainability challenge.
‘As of today we do not have a regular and mandatory system to trace soy products back to the country or region of soybean cultivation,”’the company said in the report.
Last year, Skretting met with other major feed producers -- Cargill Aqua nutrition, BioMar and Mowi -- in Brazil to discuss improvements in traceability and transparency in their supply chains and soy sourcing, right after the major Amazon debacle, in which forest fires were linked to Brazilian soy production.
The producers teamed up with certification body Proterra and soy protein concentrate (SPC) producers Caramaru, imcopa and CJ Selecta to create the Aquaculture Dialogue on Sustainable Soy Sourcing from Brazil.
Since the Amazon fires, South Korea-based CJ Selecta stepped up its sustainability efforts by focusing on seven targets, which include establishing a sustainability department, ending soy sourcing from the Amazon by 2022, have all farm areas audited by 2022, to name a few.
‘We put a lot of work together with our Brazilian soy producers and CJ Selecta is one that has really stepped up its sustainability performance,’ Berg Lea said.
‘i think it is really nice to see that when we engage constructively challenging them, they are really able to step up their performance and that’s really rewarding for me as a sustainability manager.”
Skretting’s sustainability goals include its internal staff make up as well. Currently, more than 25 percent of leading positions at Skretting are filled by women.Though that level is promising in a male-dominated sector, the company is pushing for that percentage to grow to 30 percent by 2025.
‘We are very aware and our owners are very supportive of the fact that we need young women and young talent to step up and take the stage,’ Log Bergjord said.
this also includes poaching talent from different industries, such as the oil industry, an industry facing an uphill battle in today’s economy, Log Bergjord said.
Therese Log Bergjord
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