Greenhouse gas emissions

The company is committed to sustainability by integrating environmental considerations into business activities, as set out in the company Environmental Policy.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions-Lindt & Sprüngli

Chocolate production requires energy at various production steps such as heating, cooling, and transport. These processes cause greenhouse gas emissions. To determine how greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced, we have introduced a set of measures. Lindt & Sprüngli participates for instance in the CDP initiative. As such, the Group discloses information on greenhouse gas emissions to institutional investors and benchmarks the results with peer companies. Some of our plants use certifications to improve their approach to environmental management and energy efficiency. Both production sites in Italy, as well as the production site in France are certified according to ISO 14001 (environmental management), while Lindt & Sprüngli Germany is certified according to ISO 51001 (energy efficiency).

The company's goal is to continue reducing the energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions per ton of chocolate produced by an average of 2 % over the coming years and to increase the company’s share of renewable energy use. For our latest emission figures, please see our latest sustainability report.

Facility and investment analysis

Each existing and future facility and investment undergoes detailed analyses to determine how energy can be saved. Lindt & Sprüngli continuously improves its environmental impact as many different examples show. They range from new solar panel systems, to renewed insulations up to new machinery and LED lighting. We intensively assess the environmental figures of Russell Stover, acquired in 2014, to identify areas for potential improvements. We set up a new structure to measure the energy used and already implemented first measures.

For our latest energy consumption figures, please see our latest sustainability report.

Product carbon footprint

Greenhouse gas emissions don’t only derive from our own production facilities. To identify main climate impacts along the entire value chain, Lindt & Sprüngli Germany conducted a Product Carbon Footprint of four selected products. The analysis included greenhouse gas emissions along the entire product life cycle.

The findings showed that the majority of greenhouse gas emissions result from the production, transport and processing of ingredients. Especially milk-based ingredients have a high climate impact due to the enteric fermentation, slurry and manure, the production of cow food as well as the emissions resulting from milk processing.

Transportation & logistics

Of the total twelve Lindt & Sprüngli production plants, six are located in Europe and six in the USA. Lindt & Sprüngli attaches great importance to purchasing goods and services close to our production sites and main customer bases. Key ingredients - except for cocoa - are purchased for the most part from local suppliers. The same applies in large measure to the purchasing of packaging materials. Paper and cardboard are generally sourced within the region of the production sites.

Several Lindt & Sprüngli companies have initiated green logistics projects for the implementation of efficient solutions for national and international transports. One example is Lindt & Sprüngli’s European Intercompany Logistic Concept. Lindt & Sprüngli requires carriers to use mainly double floor trucks to transport the goods between the Lindt & Sprüngli companies. By this initiative, Lindt & Sprüngli was able to reduce the number of transportations by at least 15%. Further, two carriers have been implemented to execute intermodal (truck/rail) transportation for high frequent trade lanes. Lindt & Sprüngli also optimized the capacity utilization of the transport vehicles to further reduce the number of transports and environmental impacts.