A. Le Coq

A responsible value chain

We care about the environment and make a continuous effort to reduce our environmental footprint and improve our resource efficiency. The transparency and traceability of our procurement always have priority.

Our corporate responsibility footprint is determined throughout the supply chain – from the cornfields to the consumer. Since we use large quantities of raw materials and natural resources like grain, energy, water and packaging materials in manufacturing our beverages, our management of the supply chain and how we go about procurement have a significant impact on the environment, the climate and society. We always look for the best, most transparent and most effective ways of procuring the resources we need, and these methods are often also the most ecological.

Responsibility for the environment

In our view and in that of our stakeholders, responsibility for the environment is one of the most important issues in the supply chain. Environmental responsibility largely manifests itself as resource efficiency – the safe and efficient use of raw materials, supplies and energy, as well as recycling and the optimisation of transport. We make a continuous effort to reduce our environmental footprint.

The A. Le Coq environmental policy and its focus areas – reducing our carbon footprint and water consumption, treating wastewater and recycling materials – define our objectives and targets in the area of environmental responsibility. The achievement of these targets is regularly monitored, along with related indicators, by the management of A. Le Coq and the Olvi group’s production and procurement teams.

In 2014 A. Le Coq launched an energy-saving programme in cooperation with the Danish company Scanenergi that saw an energy audit drawn up for the company outlining 14 energy-saving projects. A number of these projects have since been carried out, including the optimisation of hot water consumption in the brewhouse and syrup kitchen, the upgrading of pasteurisation management on the bottle line, the installation of energy-saving lighting and the modernisation of ventilation and heating system management.

Reducing our carbon footprint

The CO₂ emitted into the atmosphere in the course of our operations is primarily generated in production and goods transport. In order to minimise these emissions we are constantly streamlining our use of energy, making environmentally friendly choices and steadily increasing our use of renewable energy. These are our priorities.

In 2018 we are investing in energy efficiency so as to re-use energy from the boilerhouse and cooling equipment.

Water consumption and treatment of waste water

Balance within the water ecosystem is important to us, which is why we always take this into account when choosing cleaning products and technology and planning cleaning schedules. A. Le Coq’s aim is to reduce water consumption per litre of beverage produced. To this end, we are optimising the amount of water we use in cleaning and taking this into account when planning production. This helps to prevent the environment from being overburdened with, for example, nitrogen and phosphorus, which can find their way into wastewater.

Recycling of materials

To us here in the Olvi group, the recycling of materials means the use and reprocessing of reusable packaging materials and the reuse of production residue. In A. Le Coq we class draff (spent grain) and used yeast as production residue. We have entered into agreements with a number of agricultural companies that utilise draff and used yeast as animal feed on farms.

The majority of our glass packaging and wooden pallets are reusable, with all other packaging being recycled. In accordance with current legislation our drinks packaging forms part of a deposit scheme in which bottles are collected and recycled by Eesti Pandipakend. A. Le Coq organises the collection of reusable glass bottles in cooperation with its partners. The collection and recycling of packaging that is not part of the deposit scheme is delegated to the Estonian Recycling Organisation. Both surplus packaging material from production and dangerous waste are sorted and taken away for reprocessing. The reuse of materials and ensuring environmental cleanliness also have an important place in our product development.

Responsible procurement

A responsible delivery chain means choosing responsible suppliers. It also means the transparency and traceability of our procurements. It is important to us that our raw materials and packaging materials meet the requirements and expectations of our customers and consumers.

Procurement principles are defined in our procurement policy. We purchase 100% of our raw materials from approved suppliers, and the quality of each delivery is verified. We prefer to work with local suppliers to develop corporate responsibility within our area of operations.

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