25 % reduction by 2025|26
Implementing the existing climate protection plan for the Group’s own production operations, which targets a greenhouse gas emission reduction in AGRANA's manufacturing (Scope 1 and 2) of 25% compared to the base year 2019|20 for the first stage up to 2025|26, the following measures were taken in the 2021|22 financial year:
- The package of measures for switching to electricity from renewable sources, which started with the purchase of external green electricity in Austria in the 2020|21 financial year, was supplemented by the installation of photovoltaic systems on some of the company’s own production buildings in Austria;
- Phase-out of coal as an energy source at the AGRANA Group’s second last coal-fired production site, the sugar factory in Sered’, Slovakia; the last such site, in Opava, Czech Republic, will follow by 2025|26 at the latest;
- On-going energy efficiency measures in all business segments.
AGRANA follows the principle of complete raw material utilisation to make core products and by-products (the latter being mainly animal feed and fertilisers). In the second stage from 2026|27 onwards, energy recovery from low-protein raw material residues could be added to the existing direct material use in order to continue to utilise all raw material components not just completely, but also optimally in terms of climate protection. At AGRANA’s Hungarian sugar factory in Kaposvár, beet pulp and other beet residues have already been used for biogas production for several years. However, as the biomass utilisation for energy recovery cuts into feedstuff revenue, the right business conditions are required for it to be implemented economically. What is urgently needed in order to achieve the transformation to a low-emission society and facilitate companies’ investment decisions to this end is a comprehensive emissions trading system that transparently reveals the CO2 footprint of every consumer decision in the areas of food, housing, mobility and leisure behaviour and allows carbon-intensive lifestyles to be identified by their higher costs. Based on current assumptions, AGRANA would have to invest a total of about € 400 million by 2040 to avoid the greenhouse gas emissions (Scope 1+2) generated in its production during the processing of the raw materials used.
In the 2022|23 financial year, AGRANA will work with its suppliers and partners to develop comprehensive greenhouse gas emission measures – especially for the emissions generated in its upstream value chain (Scope 3.1 and 3.4) that are beyond its direct control – meeting SBTi requirements among others, in order to achieve net-zero CO2 emissions across the entire value chain by 2050 at the latest.
CDP disclosure 2021
AGRANA has been publishing its greenhouse gas emission data as part of the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) since 2021. The global non-profit organization CDP is the world's leading platform for the disclosure of environmental data by companies, governments and municipalities. Over 13,000 companies with over 64% of global market capitalization disclosed environmental data through CDP in 2021. This is in addition to the over 1,100 cities, states and regions who disclosed, making CDP’s platform one of the richest sources of information globally on how companies and governments are driving environmental change.