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We are committed to realising a 20 % reduction in our global CO2 emissions by 2020. To achieve this, we are primarily looking to cut power consumption at our production facilities.

Bruno Brücker, focus issue Head "greenhouse gases"
Bruno Brücker,

focus issue Head "greenhouse gases"

Emmin Kirchberg BE

CO2-emissions in milk processing

There’s a lot of energy in our products – quite literally, since a great deal of it is required for heating, refrigeration, pumping and homogenisation during the production process. Added to this are transportation to, and storage in, our suppliers’ stores, our own, and our customers’.

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Alternative energy sources in milk processing

Companies with long-term plans have to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels. At Emmi, we have been testing the suitability of alternative energy sources for industry use for almost 20 years.

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Expert knowledge from WWF

Processing milk is our core competence. That’s why our efforts to protect the environment are underpinned by the opinions of proven experts – experts such as those of our partner, WWF Switzerland.

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Nüziders (AUT)

Here comes the sun!

Some 500 collectors on the roof of Emmi Austria in Nüziders generate around 160,000 kilowatt hours of electricity a year. This measure can reduce annual CO2 emissions by a good 15 tonnes of CO2.

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The sun rises in Platteville

Emmi Roth is setting an example for environmental protection by investing in a high-performance photovoltaic system at its Platteville site in the state of Wisconsin. With 1,600 panels installed on the roof, the system can cover 15 % of the company’s electricity requirement. The annual reduction in CO2 emissions amounts to 500 tonnes.

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Climate change entails risks for all

Developing countries are particularly susceptible to the consequences of climate change, with livelihoods threatened by droughts, flooding and severe weather. But climate risks are also increasingly affecting industrialised countries.


Emmi’s lorry drivers know how

Sustainability and efficiency in logistics have many aspects. How drivers behave when on the road is one of them. That’s why Emmi gives its some 200 lorry drivers regular training. The excellent result in the Volvo Trucks Drivers’ Fuel Challenge has now shown that this pays off. At the end of the six-month qualifying phase, five of the top ten positions were held by Emmi drivers.

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Agenda 2030: combating climate change

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) form the new framework for international collaboration and are to be implemented globally and by all UN member states by 2030. This means that all states are called upon to work together to tackle the world’s pressing challenges. As we see it, companies, too, are obliged to align their objectives with the 2030 Agenda.

Suhr, Switzerland

Mittelland Molkerei on the path to carbon neutrality

Emmi has committed to reducing its global CO2 emissions by 25 % by 2020. With the connection of Mittelland Molkerei in Suhr to the local district heating network, it is taking a major step towards achieving this target. The annual CO2 emissions of the company, which specialises in the production of milk, cream and butter, will thus be reduced by 80 % or 5,000 tonnes from 2020.

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Suhr, Switzerland

Clearly elated

The production site in Suhr has converted to LED lighting. And it is saving a lot of energy in the process. However, the most striking change has to do with something else, as a tour of the site reveals.

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Emmi scores good CDP rating

The climate experts working with the global non-profit organisation CDP have given Emmi's commitment the third-highest rating of B. This places Emmi well above the average both within its industry and within its region (German-speaking countries).

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Petaluma, USA

Sunshine and roses for the cowgirls

The people who care deeply about the environment include Sue Conley and Peggy Smith, the founders of California-based cheese boutique Cowgirl Creamery. It was their concern for ecology that led them to start investing in solar energy more than ten years ago. Now, they’re investing in an additional, modern photovoltaic system that reduces CO2 emissions by almost 80 tonnes a year.

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Sebastopol, USA

“Milking the Sun” in California

Redwood Hill produces fully sustainable goat’s milk products, with a focus on animal welfare and environmental protection. In this context, the core focus is environmentally friendly energy production through an 8,000 m2 solar plant, waste prevention as well as conserving and recycling water.

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Saignelégier, Switzerland

Prize-winning solar plant in the Jura

Fromagerie de Saignelégier is one of just nine certified Tête de Moine AOP cheese dairies. When the dairy was expanded in 2012, consideration was also given to environmental factors. 17 state-of-the-art solar heat collectors were installed on the 627 m2 roof.

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Switching from road to rail

Since 2013 Emmi has been collaborating with Coop subsidiary railCare to distribute its products. This modular transport chain provides an optimum combination of road and rail.

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Emmen, Switzerland

Emmen „green“ steam

At its Emmen location, Emmi needs 32 000 tonnes of steam per year. While this volume was previously produced using heating oil, since 2009 around 70 % of the steam has been produced in a CO2-free manner using heat from wood chips.

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Dagmersellen, Switzerland

Energy from wastewater

Emmi’s Dagmersellen site is well known within the company for its pioneering role in waste water management. Since 2014, a micro gas turbine has been part of the complex water pruification process.

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Hefenhofen, Switzerland

Sun-cooled cheese facility

Both in production and the ageing process, Käserei Studer in eastern Switzerland, which manufactures cheese specialities. One of the energy sources it uses is the sun. In the warmer months, the plant’s own photovoltaic array produces some of the energy needed to cool the ageing facility.

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Hefenhofen, Switzerland

Valuable wood chips from scrap lumber

Both in production and the ageing process, Käserei Studer in eastern Switzerland, which manufactures cheese specialities such as Der Scharfe Maxx, sets great store by sustainable solutions.

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Bischofszell, Switzerland

Molkerei Biedermann: highly sustainable organic pioneers

Molkerei Biedermann is passionate about climate protection. The 204 solar panels on the roof of the dairy provide electricity for processing and cooling 1 million litres of organic milk.

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Bischofszell, Switzerland

Biomolkerei Biedermann: closing the CO2 cycle with woodchips

Heating with wood is CO2 neutral as trees require energy from sunlight and CO2 to grow. This energy and the CO2 are stored in the wood and released as heat when it is burned, resulting in the emission of only as much CO2 as the tree took from the environment to grow.

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Bever, Switzerland

Excellent solar plant in Europe’s highest dairy

A high-temperature solar plant was installed on the roof of Lataria Engiadinaisa SA (LESA) at the end of 2011. This saves approximately 70 MWh of fossil fuels every year, which corresponds to a reduction of some 21 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

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Dechow, Germany

Energy management professionals at Gläserne

The successful organic dairy in north-east Germany has a particular affinity for environmental issues. It devotes special attention to the topic of energy. An important component of professional energy management at Gläserne Molkerei is the solar plant in Dechow.

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Pero, Italy

LEDs: lots of light for little electricity

The Italian dessert producer Rachelli is renowned beyond its country’s borders for its organic and Demeter specialities. Recently, energy-saving light-emitting diodes (LEDs) were installed.

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Pamplona, Spain

Energy analysis goes global

For many years, Emmi systematically examined the energy consumed by our production facilities in Switzerland. In doing so, the company have saved a substantial amount of energy and reduced our costs by several million euros a year. This spring, the first enegy Analysis abroad was done at Lactéos de Navarra in Spain.

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European plants running on eco-friendly hydropower

Since the start of 2017, all our 36 sites in Switzerland have been running on sustainable hydropower. This is reducing our CO2 emissions by 14,000 tonnes a year.

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Clean electricity for Emmi in Switzerland

Since the beginning of 2017, all Emmi locations in Switzerland have been supplied with hydropower, thus reducing its annual CO2 emissions by 14,500 tonnes.

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Landquart, Switzerland

Carbon-neutral raclette cheese from Landquart

A forward-looking solution has been developed by our Landquart site, which specialises in producing raclette cheese, working together with local waste management company GEVAG.

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