Carbon Footprint

Scandi Standard measures the carbon footprint across our entire value chain for 282 products – from farm to fork. Reducing our negative impact on the climate and environment is a cause that requires work within the whole value-chain: from the in-house processing operations to the customer and consumer stages.

We are committed to measuring our carbon footprint of all our products on the home market with two main goals in mind: to help consumers make informed choices about their food purchases, and to support the company’s commitment to the Paris Agreement’s 1.5-degree target.

Measuring the carbon footprint of our products across the whole value chain

Scandi Standard measures the carbon footprint on 282 products across all five home markets. The products are measured throughout the whole value chain, from the feed production to packaging and transporting the products to the stores to the cooking of the chicken in our customers’ homes.

The calculations and measuring of the products’ carbon footprint is conducted together with the specialized and independent organization Carbon Trust. The carbon footprint label from Carbon Trust has been added to our packaging on all certified products. Several products have an additional marking describing the kg CO2e of the specific product, steering our consumers to make informed choices.

Method of measuring carbon footprint

The carbon data is collected throughout the whole value chain, using primary data from Scandi Standard when available. If not available, estimates or secondary data is used in line with the international standards. The model used to calculate the products’ carbon footprint has been exclusively built for Scandi Standard, meaning that the numbers may not always be comparable to other calculations. Calculations based on primary data can be easily explained to our customers, thus guiding decisions in the moment of purchase. The calculations will be updated every other year and are an important part of Scandi Standard’s climate strategy to reduce the company’s carbon footprint in line with the 1.5-degree target.

About the calculations

Results of calculating the products’ carbon footprint have been produced for each product type (SKU), as both per kg of SKU and per SKU weight. Results have also been produced for each processing stage, as kg CO2e and kg CO2e/kg output. The percentage contribution for each process stage is also reported. PAS 2050 is the standard use for the product carbon footprint (PCF) calculation.

The lifecycle stages included in the calculations are:

  • Growing crops for feed, including land use change (LUC*-factor)  
  • Feed production (only in Ireland, for other countries feed is considered input to the growing stage) 
  • Parent bird breeding 
  • Hatching 
  • Rearing
  • Slaughter & processing 
  • Packaging 
  • Distribution  
  • Retail & Sales  
  • Use – for example, the electricity needed to cool the fridge for product storage and for cooking, and average food waste and disposal of packaging 

*LUC factor means that the climate impact from the land use change following e.g., soy production is included.

Industry need for traceability and transparency 

Reducing the impact of emissions deriving from carbon dioxide requires cross-organisational cooperation as well as collaboration and transparency within the industry. Chicken has the least negative climate impact per kilo of all types of meat. However, inspiring consumers to make more conscious choices requires an increased transparency within the industry to ensure that consumers can make informed decisions.

Our calculations indicate that it is the feed production, particularly soy, and feed conversion into meat that accounts for the greatest climate impact, whereas the direct operations only contribute to a few percent of the products’ total climate impact. There is an apparent need for traceability and responsible soy production in all markets. We strive towards reducing and replacing imported soy with other, local protein sources, thus reducing our products’ carbon footprint.

For further information, please contact:

Ida Ljungkvist
Ida Ljungkvist

Ida Ljungkvist
Group Sustainability Director
Scandi Standard
Phone +46 70 850 97 83

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