Altia & Environment
Altia's responsibility to the environment includes minimising environmental impacts, developing and maintaining environmentally sustainable logistics chain, sustainable agriculture and conserving ground water.
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. Altia aims 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 56 percent and increase its self-sufficiency in terms of fuel in steam generation to 65 percent compared to 2014.
Environmentally sustainable logistics chain
Altia increases the efficiency of its logistics by combining the volumes of Altia’s own products and its partners’ products as well as by operating close to customers.
Altia is a significant buyer of domestic barley in Finland. In 2017, Altia purchased over 206 million kilograms of barley for its Koskenkorva distillery, mainly from the 1,500 contract farmers. This volume represents approximately 14 percent of Finland’s total barley harvest. Altia encourages its contract farmers to optimize the efficiency of their operations and use production inputs sensibly, for example, as part of Altia’s BSAG commitment made for the years 2015-2017 aimed at protecting the Baltic Sea.
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 Altia. Altia protects its groundwater intake plants in many ways, including owning land in groundwater areas, restricting construction in the areas, and establishing conservation areas.