Altia & Environment
Altia's responsibility to the environment includes minimising energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions, sustainable and resilient agriculture, conserving ground water and sustainable packaging.
Minimising own environmental impacts
The most significant environmental impacts of Altia’s grain spirit plant in Koskenkorva and its plants in Rajamäki and Tabasalu consist of energy consumption, water consumption, waste water and waste generation. Environmental impacts are mitigated by annually determined measures, the effectiveness of which is monitored by means of environmental indicators. We aim at reducing the environmental impacts of packaging by using environmentally friendlier packaging solutions, reducing packaging weight and increasing the amount of recycled material used.
Koskenkorva distillery’s bioenergy power plant, which began full-scale operations in January 2015, uses barley husk as its primary fuel. The use of renewable fuel has helped the Koskenkorva plant reduce its fossil carbon dioxide emissions by over 50% and increase its self-sufficiency in terms of fuel in steam generation to about 60% compared to 2014.
Environmentally sustainable logistics chain
We increase the efficiency of our logistics by combining the volumes of our own products and our partners’ products as well as by operating close to our customers.
Altia is a significant buyer of domestic barley in Finland. In 2018, we purchased 211.7 million kg of Finnish barley for our Koskenkorva distillery, mainly from the 1 500 farms. This volume represents approximately 15 percent of Finland’s total barley harvest. We encourage our contract farmers to optimise the efficiency of their operations and use production inputs sensibly.
Conserving ground water
The clean groundwater at the Rajamäki plant is a key raw material for Altia’s alcoholic beverages. Protecting groundwater and the soil is of utmost importance to us. We protect the Rajamäki groundwater intake plants in many ways, including owning land in groundwater areas, restricting construction in the areas, and establishing conservation areas.