Tackling environmental challenges to help protect our planet
Many of these challenges are interlinked. Food waste, for example, accounts for 8% of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions. This is of particular relevance to our sector. Approximately one-third of the world’s produced food ends up as waste. In a world in which many people are hungry and malnourished, this is both an environmental and a human tragedy.
Our main activities
Intersnack strives to develop high-quality products each day whilst simultaneously curbing its environmental impact. All of our factories have been awarded ISO 50 001 certification, a standard that endorses their efforts to improve their energy performance.
Key progress to date:
Reducing our carbon footprint
Numerous initiatives have been rolled out to reduce the firm’s CO2 emissions. Over the past 10 years, we have successfully reduced our emissions by 25% (per tonne of saleable product) thanks to initiatives such as:
- Installing LED lighting in plants (installed in 55% of plants to date).
- Reusing the energy we produce when cooking crisps.
- Recovering 100% of food waste by using it to produce energy or animal feed, with full supply chain traceability.
Helping to maintain
For the 2nd consecutive year, we are financing a reforestation project in the Saint Gobain forest, near our factory – a low-carbon project set up by the ONF, the France’s National Forests Office (Office National des Forêts).
Reducing food waste to zero
We are proud that we have been able to reduce food waste in our own factories to 0%. In 2020, all our edible residual materials were recovered, mostly for recycling as animal feed - or for composting.
Intersnack is also committed to reducing the amount of packaging material it uses and sourcing alternative, more sustainable packaging materials.
Today, 100% of our cardboard packaging is FSC* certified
*FSC: Forest Stewardship Council - an environmental label certifying that timber or wood-based products are sourced from responsibly managed forests.