Energy efficiency

By working actively to increase energy efficiency, HKScan strives to improve its long-term cost efficiency and decrease its environmental footprint. Improved energy efficiency is also an important part of our commitment to reducing GHG emissions.

In 2016, the Group continued its ongoing energy efficiency project launched in 2015 (Read more: HKScan Agri magazine, only in Swedish). The target is to decrease HKScan’s energy usage by 10 per cent from the 2014 level by 2017 (indexed to net sales).

Target follow-up

In 2016 HKScan’s overall energy efficiency decreased by 1.2 per cent compared to 2014 due to a reduction in net sales and the acquisition of a freezer and storage company in Forssa, Finland.

Our total energy consumption declined by five per cent from 2014 to 2016, and by ten per cent from 2012 to 2016 (see graph). HKScan’s total energy consumption has decreased faster than its energy consumption indexed to net sales due to a decline in Group net sales. 

Systematic energy efficiency work

In compliance with the EU Energy Efficiency Directive (EED), and in order to identify new energy saving targets, HKScan’s plants in Skara, Linköping and Kristianstad in Sweden, Świnoujście in Poland and Forssa in Finland conducted energy reviews in 2016. In total, nine production plants have conducted energy reviews, and they will continue in 2017 at other plants. The reviews yielded many findings that need attention in the future. The Skara plant in Sweden is now ISO 50 001 certified. Together with the two plants in Halmstad, HKScan Group now has three sites certified under ISO 50 001.

One aim of the energy efficiency project is to measure energy and water consumption at plant level so as to track the use of resources and identify any deviations. A web app has been deployed to monitor energy and water consumption, enabling the data to be followed up also at Group-level. The tool will be adopted throughout the Group in 2017. 

Personnel engagement

Every employee at HKScan is in a position to influence energy consumption at their workplace. HKScan recently organized an internal competition, Let’s save energy, urging the personnel to reflect on their personal consumption of energy. Workshops were arranged and ideas collected at each plant. The competition produced an amazing result of over 1 000 energy saving ideas. Team Świnoujście from Poland was chosen as the winner, and were commended by the jury for making an “exemplary effort in providing detailed descriptions of energy-saving ideas and commitment to environmental issues.” The best ideas were shared among HKScan plants. 

Examples from our sites

1. In Finland, several actions have been taken to attain our energy efficiency targets. In the energy review conducted at the Forssa production plant, several areas of improvement were pinpointed. Various energy reduction investments have been implemented during 2016, including the installation of new ammonia condensers and compressors.

2. HKScan Finland was among the signatories of the national Energy Efficiency Agreements (EEA) in 2011–2016, and has agreed to participate in the new period of agreements covering 2017–2025. The target for 2017–2025 is an 18 per cent reduction compared to 2015. The agreement is part of the Finnish Climate and Energy Strategy and it supports the implementation of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive (EED).

3. A heat pump for wastewater heat recovery and a new water boiler for central heating were installed at the Rakvere plant in Estonia. This modification offers potential for saving around 10 per cent in natural gas consumption starting from 2017.

4. The Vinderup plant in Denmark has achieved a two per cent electricity saving by adding a new compressor to the existing high pressure system. The surplus heat is also used in other applications in the slaughterhouse. The ventilation has been upgraded in the slaughter area, saving approximately 10 000 euros per year. LED lights installed at both the Vinderup and Skovsgaard plants are saving about 224 MWh per year.

5. The transition to LED lights continued at all production plants in Sweden. Environmental and energy training was offered at the Skara and Halmstad plants.