Halton’s major environmental impacts arise from the materials we use; from the energy we consume in our production, and from the energy our products consume during the life cycle of products. Greenhouse gas emissions caused by the production of purchased energy are important factors, as is that from the fuel we use in company vehicles.
During 2021 we continued to implement improvement measures in different units. Examples include energy renovation to the ventilation, heating, and building automation of our Kausala manufacturing unit in Finland, and a transition to wind energy in the manufacturing units in Scottsville, USA. In terms of wider ESG development, we continued to steer our work in accordance with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
At Halton, we focus on reducing the emissions caused by our own operations, Scope 1 and 2. We also started making the life cycle assessment of our products in 2022, and we will publish the first EPD documents in 2023.
Halton provides solutions for commercial and public premises, healthcare institutions and laboratories, professional kitchens, and restaurants, as well as energy production environments and marine vessels. The majority of the production materials we use are stainless and galvanized steel, aluminum, and wood. Of these four materials, galvanized steel is the most common for SBA Halton’s products, whereas SBA Foodservice and SBA Marine mainly use stainless steel. In all Halton factories, we use wood for packing. The largest quantities of aluminum are used at SBA Halton’s factory in France for exhaust grilles.
Read more about our material purchases from our Sustainability Report
At Halton, practically all the waste produced by our group is process waste. Most of our products are made of steel sheets. From this material, we produce the shapes of the products, and this causes cutting waste. The reduction of this cutting waste is our focus, and we have developed our production processes based on this. As a result, we have managed to make the processes more efficient and reduce waste. In 2021, the amount of cutting waste was 24.7 percent of the total material used. In the previous year, the cutting waste accounted for 36.5 percent.
Read more about our waste management from our Sustainability Report
In 2021, all our production units purchased a total amount of 9,509 MWh of electricity, 5,065 MWhs of heat, and 12,068 MWh of fuel. In the same year, the amount of purchased fuel increased. This is due to the increase in the service business and the more detailed acquisition of information on fuel consumption.
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Between the years 2019 to 2021, we reduced emissions by approximately 550 tonnes by investing in low-emission heating solutions and switching to renewable energy. Investments in reducing energy consumption and emissions will continue in the coming years.
Car fuels cause the most significant increase in Halton GHG emissions. Halton acquired a service company, Nelbud Services LLC, in the US in late 2021. The data on the fuel consumption of service cars in Nelbud Services LLC. is included in the calculations for the last 4.5 months of 2021 when the company became part of the Halton Group.
Read more about our CO2 emissions from our Sustainability Report