The company is committed to sustainability by integrating environmental considerations into business activities, as set out in the company Environmental Policy.
Chocolate production requires energy – electricity, heating and cooling, transport – which in turn leads to greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. 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. From 2008 to 2015, Lindt & Sprüngli’s production companies cut down CO2 emissions by 17% per ton produced.
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. To reduce energy consumption, Lindt & Sprüngli Italy installed a solar panel system. Lindt & Sprüngli Germany renewed roof insulations and installed a frequency controller for compressed air. Lindt & Sprüngli France, Austria and Germany introduced a new LED lightning concept in order to reduce energy consumption. The US subsidiary Ghirardelli implemented light sensors, which automatically switch on and off the lights. In all production facilities improvements in the utilities network were done in order to reduce and in some cases to eliminate the use of steam.
From 2008 to 2015, Lindt & Sprüngli’s production companies cut down energy consumption by 14% per ton of chocolate produced.
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.
Of the total eight Lindt & Sprüngli production plants, six are located in Europe and two in the USA (excluding Russell Stover). 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. Special equipment such as Mega Trailer (loading capacity of 86 pallets instead of 66 pallets) and Jumbo Trailer within our intercompany network in Europe will further strengthen the green logistics projects.