Poultry Wiesenhof produces climate neutrally

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Monday, January 20, 2020
Peter Wesjohann wants to promote climate protection in Germany.
Photo: Imago images / Nordphoto
Peter Wesjohann wants to promote climate protection in Germany.

From 1 January, the PHW Group will be operating in a 100% climate neutral manner at all German Wiesenhof production sites for chicken, turkey and sausage products.

The companies in Lohne, Wildeshausen, Rietberg, Bogen and Königs Wusterhausen as well as Möckern have been successively certified according to the ZNU standard "Sustainable Management" since 2013, the company informs. They are now part of the business initiative "ZNU goes Zero", which is anchored in the Center for Sustainable Management at the University of Witten/Herdecke (ZNU).

Within the framework of this voluntary climate protection initiative, ZNU has set itself the goal of operating climate-neutrally with as many of its more than 70 partner companies as possible at their German locations by 2022 at the latest – the six Wiesenhof locations are already meeting this goal.

"When we decided that our six ZNU-certified production sites would become part of the 'ZNU goes Zero' initiative, it was clear to us that we wanted to immediately operate in a 100% climate neutral manner. For this reason, we have dispensed with a step-by-step compensation scheme, which would have been easier to implement", says Peter Wesjohann, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the PHW Group.

Within the framework of "ZNU goes Zero", the PHW Group is committed to demonstrably avoiding and reducing greenhouse gas emissions and to compensating for unavoidable emissions. In order to fully achieve the compensation of the approximately 80,000 t of CO2 per year, which are continuously calculated according to the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG Protocol), Wiesenhof supports two projects through ClimatePartner, one of the leading providers of climate protection solutions: On the one hand, a regional reforestation project of the Lower Saxony forestry company Ahlhorn. In the course of the project, a tree is planted for each of the approximately 7,000 PHW employees.

On the other hand, the family-owned company from Lower Saxony is involved internationally and is participating in a forest protection project in the Peruvian Amazon region, which is certified according to VCS & CCBS standards. The project serves to preserve around 300,000 ha of rainforest, which is the basis of life for 400 indigenous families. With the help of this project the families receive land rights and through the cultivation of Brazil nuts also a source of income. Illegal deforestation thus becomes unattractive and decreases. The smallholders receive micro-credits and support in marketing and transport. In addition, training is provided to increase crop yields and environmentally friendly cultivation methods.

In 2008, the PHW Group was the first and so far only company in the poultry sector to determine its CO2 footprint for chicken meat along the entire production chain. To date, the PHW Group has calculated its total CO2 footprint on several occasions – most recently for 2017, when a partial carbon footprint of products (PCF) of 2.2 kg CO2 per 1 kg chicken meat (net slaughter weight) was determined. The calculation methodology complies with the DIN CEN ISO/TS 14067:2014 standard. As with the previous regulations, the five stages of feed, parent stock, hatcheries, rearing farms and processing plants including logistics were taken into account in the calculation.

Since most CO2 emissions are generated at the feed stage, the company is working on further substitution of soy, for example with insect meal. This could replace soybean imports to a significant extent. Even today, around 60% of the crude protein in the chicken feed comes from other, mostly domestic protein sources and no longer from soy meal, according to Wiesenhof.

 

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