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Through creativity and perseverance, our climate commitment will contribute smart solutions that allow us to make a sustainable difference —
Skills development is an important part of our climate commitment. We will reduce our impact on the environment and create a better everyday life for our people.
There are no clear solutions regarding the correct path to take for a sustainable and responsible business sector. We have switched on the lights in our own organisation and are chasing the insights that can form the basis for restructuring and natural development — for us. Along the way, we must keep ourselves updated, have a thirst for knowledge, and take part in the good and powerful initiatives at home and abroad that help drive development in our industry.
An industry in a unique position
The food industry employs approximately 50,000 workers in Norway, and is in a unique position because food and drink are essential commodities. Food production contributes to a large part of global greenhouse gas emissions. Working for a more climate friendly and environmentally friendly food production is therefore important to us.
Norway has committed itself to meeting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and one of these goals is to halve food waste by 2030. The EU’s strategy for promoting a fair, healthy and environmentally friendly food system also sets several specific goals leading up to 2030. The most important objective, however, is for each country to base more of its food production on its own resources. Through a more circular mindset, we will be able to do more with less of society’s common resources.
Norway’s most widely used certificate for enterprises that want to document their environmental efforts and show social responsibility.
Being an Eco-Lighthouse company helps us to succeed in relation to the green shift, and it places demands on us regarding waste management and waste reduction, energy-reducing measures, HSE routines, environmental requirements for procurement and environmental focus on transport. The certification provides us with
very specific tools for conducting environmental management.
Drytech AS has been Eco-Lighthouse certified since 2011. We see the Eco-Lighthouse certification as an important part of our social and climate commitment. This work helps our company and our employees to be environmentally conscious in the choices we make. Eco-lighthouse certification is also the first national scheme in Europe to be recognised by the EU.
As a member of Green Dot, we take our statutory responsibility for the collection and recycling of packaging.
Green Dot is a non-profit company that provides financing for the recovery and recycling of used glass, plastic, metal, beverage carton and corrugated cardboard packaging. Green Dot Norway has also launched the Plastic Pledge scheme — an initiative that will contribute to a more circular plastic economy. The plastic packaging of the future is smarter, more innovative and sustainable. The Plastic Pledge scheme will help Norwegian companies achieve the EU’s targets for recycling plastic packaging, which entails 50% of all plastics by 2025 and 55% by 2030.
Drytech has now signed the Plastic Pledge and is therefore committed to:
We are part of Norway’s and the world’s largest corporate collective effort for business and sustainability.
Drytech has been a member of the UN Global Compact since 2012. The UN Global Compact is a UN organisation that encourages enterprises to adopt sustainable and socially responsible policies. It consists of more than 12,000 companies and organisations from over 160 countries. In Norway alone, there are now over 300 member companies.
The UN Global Compact is based on ten principles in the areas of human rights, working life, anti-corruption and the environment. Together with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the principles serve as a guideline for the member companies’
sustainability work. The UN Global Compact has two main objectives. They are to make the principles part of the business activities of companies around the world, as well as to promote activities and partnerships that help meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Strong northern Norwegian forces pulling in the same direction
Drytech is also an active member of the Sustainable Business in the Arctic solution platform – UN Global Compact Norway. This network is an important arena for sustainable development that is created in and for trade and industry here in the North. Collaboration across industries and academia will be absolutely crucial for us to develop as a sustainable food producer.
Drytech is an active participant, and shares expertise in several important initiatives established by the steering group related to the UN Global Compact’s regional office in Tromsø. Together with northern Norwegian companies, we collaborate on digital opportunities and solutions with the aim of realising a more sustainable value creation. For us, this is a journey of learning, and we are in the early stages of establishing an SME collaboration where the topics are circular economy and materials loops.
Renewable power and reduced energy consumption contribute to significantly reducing our CO2 footprint.
For several years, we have carried out strategic and environmentally conscious investments, with the aim of reducing energy consumption both in buildings and in the production process. Energy recovery is among the measures we have chosen: district heating from Kvitebjørn Varme. We use surplus energy from our processing plant to heat water and our premises. The energy we use is 100% renewable from Ishavskraft, which is great news for both the environment and for us. Among other things, these measures have reduced our energy consumption per unit produced by 50% — a strong indicator that we are on the right track.
Safe food is a prerequisite for us. Therefore, we follow recognised international standards in order to control food hygiene and ensure food safety.
An ISO 22000 certification demonstrates the company’s ability to control food hygiene and ensure that food is safe. The certificate also shows that the company has implemented measures to prevent food fraud and external threats. As a certified business, our opportunities for collaboration with national and international food industry actors are also strengthened.
Certified businesses use international standardised methods in their work on food hygiene and food safety. This work helps to increase confidence in the food industry through using the same methods when assessing quality, safety and efficiency.
Our certification is followed up and audited annually by an independent third party https://www.kiwa.com/
It is important for us to do what we can to help achieve the global goals by 2030. We implement several of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in our business strategy.
End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.
Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development.