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The environment in the production process

Environmental protection is a fundamental aspect of Lindt & Sprüngli’s business processes. The company is committed to sustainability by integrating environmental considerations into all its business activities, as set out in their environmental policy. Lindt & Sprüngli factories in Italy and France are certified with the ISO 14001 standard for environmental management. Our production facility in Aachen/Germany is certified with the ISO 50001 standard for energy management. Lindt & Sprüngli has been able to consistently reduce the consumption of energy and water, the output of CO2 and waste, and optimise its transport routes.

Read here the entire Environmental Policy


Energy

Each existing and future facility and investment undergoes detailed analysis to determine how energy can be saved. From 2008 to 2013, through better insulation and energy recovery, Lindt & Sprüngli was able to cut down energy consumption by more than 14% per ton produced. The company's goal is to continue reducing the energy consumption per ton produced by an average of 2.0% over the coming years.

Here are some examples of the company’s efforts: since 1999, Lindt & Sprüngli’s Swiss subsidary, Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli (Schweiz) AG, has been an active member of the Lake Zurich Energy Model Group. This association comprises various member companies committed to the efficient use of energy. Over its ten-year existence, the participating companies have been able to reduce their energy consumption by nearly a quarter. Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli (Schweiz) AG made an agreement with local authorities to fulfill the Kyoto protocol in 2002. The Swiss government and independent engineers have audited the progress and as a result, the Swiss subsidary has been granted the official certificate.

There are actually other energy savings projects being realized: at Lindt & Sprüngli SpA in Italy a solar panel system for the production of electrical energy was installed in 2010. At Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli GmbH in Aachen roof insulations were renewed and a frequency controller for air compressor was installed to reduce energy consumption. At Lindt & Sprüngli big improvements in the utilities network were done in all production facilities in order to reduce and in some cases to eliminate the use of steam.

Lindt & Sprüngli France, Austria and Germany introduced in 2012 a new LED lightning concept in order to reduce energy consumption. Furthermore, the US subsidiary Ghirardelli implemented in the period 2010 to 2012 light sensors in the entire plant, which automatically switch on and off the lights.

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CO2

Since 2007, Lindt & Sprüngli, with its eight production units worldwide, has been participating in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). The CDP analyses the strategy of listed companies in relation to climate change. The aim of the group is to effect the necessary structural changes in the coming years and to introduce the appropriate processes to allow full measurement and verification of these values based on the CDP standard. Since then, the measurements of CO2 emissions and energy consumption have been largely based on the concept of the ‘Methodology Fossil Fuels’ set out in the CDP Protocol.

For more information, visit the Carbon Disclosure Project website

At present, Lindt & Sprüngli does not collect data on SOx and NOx output. While the company is constantly striving to reduce emissions, it has not yet set absolute goals for the reduction  of CO2, SOx and NOx. The company is currently aiming to continue reducing the CO2 output per ton produced by an average of 2.0% over the coming years.

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Waste and paper waste volume

Lindt & Sprüngli closely monitors the waste produced and strives to continuously reduce the volume of packaging wherever possible.

The packaging materials it uses have to fulfil the highest standards in hygiene. Lindt & Sprüngli is set on using recyclable materials whenever stringent quality standards allow. The company continues its research in this area. Since many seasonal products are bought as gifts, their packaging tends to be significantly larger than for products that are available all year round.

In October 2008, Lindt & Sprüngli’s US subsidiary (Ghirardelli Chocolate Company, Inc.) received the 2008 award for Leadership and Achievement in Sustainability. This award is the highest honour granted by StopWaste.org of Alameda County, which recognises organisations in the East Bay region who make significant efforts to reduce waste, increase recycling and implement other environmental initiatives.

Read more about packaging in the section on sourcing packaging

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Fresh and wastewater

Lindt & Sprüngli continuously monitors and analyses the use of water and the output of wastewater in the production process and intends to further reduce the use of fresh water in this process, which, in turn will impact the output of wastewater. Examples here fore are the implementation of industrial hot water pre-heating from chilled water production in 2011 in the production facility in Oloron (France) or the replacement of an old washing machine for equipment in 2012/2013 in the Lindt & Sprüngli production facility in Aachen (Germany).

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Transport

Of the total eight Lindt & Sprüngli production plants, six are located in Europe and two in the USA. Hence, the products are produced close to the main consumer bases. Investments in new production facilities are made with environmental factors in mind.

For example, Lindt & Sprüngli has invested USD 50 million in one of its US subsidiary, Lindt & Sprüngli (USA) Inc., so as to substantially reduce the transport volumes of semi-finished and finished products from Europe to the USA in 2009/2010. The dependence on imports from Europe for Lindt & Sprüngli (USA) Inc. will be reduced from approximately 50% to 20% in the future, mainly due to the production of cocoa liquor and chocolate bars in the USA. This strategic decision will result in shorter transport routes and lower energy consumption without compromising  Lindt & Sprüngli’s premium quality, secret Swiss recipes or proprietary production processes.

 

A further example is the European Intercompany Logistic Concept. Lindt & Sprüngli requires its carriers to use only double floor trucks to transport the goods between the Lindt & Sprüngli companies. Through this initiative, the number transportations has been reduced by at least 15 %, thus saving substantially on energy consumption.

By implementing a transport management system in 2013, Lindt & Sprüngli optimized the capacity utilization of the transport vehicles and 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.

 

Key raw materials (except cocoa) are also procured for the most part from local suppliers. The same applies in large measure to the purchasing of packaging materials. Paper and cardboard are sourced generally within the region of the production sites.

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Environmental Key Figures

Internal environmental key figures (e.g. water and energy index) were introduced for all producing companies in 1999 and have been refined since.

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