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Orkla Foods Sverige invests in pellet-fired energy plant

Orkla Foods Sverige invests in pellet-fired energy plant
Tracing its heritage to the 1920s, Fågelmara, Sweden is currently the largest plant for the production of tomato ketchup in the Nordics (photo courtesy Orkla Foods Sverige).

Orkla Foods Sverige, the Swedish subsidiary of Norway-headed Orkla ASA, a leading Nordic supplier of branded consumer goods, has announced that it will invest SEK 25 million (≈ EUR 2.2 million) in a new fossil-free energy plant at its Orkla Fågelmara food processing plant where its iconic Felix brand ketchup and dressings are prepared.

According to a statement, the investment will reduce the company’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from fossil energy sources by 2,000 tonnes annually. The new energy plant is expected to be commissioned in the second half of 2025.

Switching to renewable energy costs, but is extremely central to us reaching our climate goals. We are living in a critical decade for the climate and with the investment we are taking further steps to reduce our and our products’ climate footprint, said Michael Byman, Plant Manager at Orkla Fågelmara.

A major ketchup producer

Orkla Fågelmara is one of Europe’s largest ketchup (aka tomato sauce) production plants.

Here, the iconic “Felix Ketchup”, other sauces, and dressings are prepared, along with brand ketchup for other Nordic markets.

Some 30,000 tonnes of ketchup and dressings per annum are produced for the Swedish market and export.

Orkla is investing SEK 25 million (≈ EUR 2.2 million) in the new energy plant. Of this about SEK 11 million (≈ EUR 969,300) is investment support from the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency’s “Climate Step” (Klimatklivet) program.

We are very happy to be able to start work on a renewable energy plant here in Fågelmara and we already expect to have fossil-free cooking of ketchup and dressing next year, said Michael Byman.

Pellet powered plant

Using wood pellets as fuel is estimated to reduce fossil CO2 emissions from liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) at Orkla Fågelmara by 2,000 tonnes annually.

Orkla Foods Sverige’s goal is for all of the company’s facilities to be powered by fossil-free energy by 2030 – a target approved and verified by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) as being in line with the Paris Agreement 1.5 degree target.

By 2025, more than 60 percent of the company’s energy use must be from renewable sources and have reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 65 percent from its operations (scope 1 and 2).

The new energy plant is expected to be ready by the summer of 2025. Since before, Orkla Fågelmara already uses fossil-free electricity via Guarantees of Origin (GO), and geothermal heat to heat a large part of the factory’s buildings.

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