The Age of Sustainable Seafood
Global temperatures are rising, and the climate is changing. As salmon farmers we are deeply affected by more extreme weather and changes in the ocean. We are also a part of the solution; our production has a small carbon footprint and aquaculture must contribute with a larger share of our future food production.
Cermaq will cut its GHG emissions by 35% by 2030, with 2019 as the base year. The goal includes Scope 1,2 and 3 emissions, which means our own operations, the emissions from our feed, and the emissions from transport to market.
Science Based Target for cut in GHG emission
Our climate goal is based on the Science Based Targets Initiative’s framework. Climate goals and measures are based on the latest climate science and what is required to remain below the Paris Agreement aim of keeping global warming below 2 degrees Celsius. The goals are verified by certified third parties and only contain measures with real climate impact. Our reporting on progress is presented by Science Based Target initiative SBTi and we also report to Carbon Disclosure Project
Changes in feed and transport.
Feed production and transport to markets account for the majority of Cermaq’s total climate footprint. Cooperation with suppliers and partners is necessary to improve the climate footprint of feed and transport options. This also requires innovation in products and processing.
The changes in Cermaq’s operations
We have planned a suite of initiatives and measures to reach our target. Examples include:
- Electrification of facilities and work-boats.
- Transition from fossil energy sources towards renewable energy sources/hybrid solutions
- Energy efficiency to reduce overall energy consumption
- Improvement of feed efficiency through use of new technology that further reduces the feed conversion ratio
- Internal R&D projects to reduce emissions
- Streamlining production to reduce use of resources
- Employee energy awareness programs