We work systematically to reduce our environmental impact and to increase the sustainable use of natural resources.

We are committed to continuous development of our operations. HKScan’s environmental impact is mainly local, but the company also has an impact on the global scale by contributing to the state of the planet, for example by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The company’s operations also have indirect environmental effects, for example through meat production and the sourcing of services, products and commodities.

At HKScan, we believe that following the circular economy principles makes it possible to develop food systems that use resources more efficiently than before. Our goal is, wherever possible, to keep the resources we have already used once in a cycle. Examples include the recovery and recycling of energy and waste, water and other materials. Making use of the entire car casses of animals and all their parts is also in line with circular economy principles.

The focus areas of HKScan’s environmental work are energy efficiency, greenhouse gas reduction, water and waste water management, material efficiency, and waste management, recycling and reuse.

Greenhouse gas emissions

We have measured the greenhouse gas emissions produced since the start of 2014, for both direct and indirect emissions (Scope 1 and 2 emissions, respectively).

Total greenhouse gas emissions decreased by a total of 48 per cent from 2014 to 2018. Our success so far in reducing greenhouse gas emissions is due to a number of factors like the switch in the production plants to electricity produced from renewable sources, and the use of other renewable energy sources such as biogas improved energy efficiency. A slight improvement in energy efficiency also contributed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

HKScan's calculations and reporting conform to the guidelines set out in the GHG Protocol

Read more about our efforts on environment in our Responsibility report

Energy efficiency

Water use

Material efficiency

Environmental work at farms

Key environmental figures


Total greenhouse gas emissions decreased by a total of 48 percent from 2014 to 2018


71 percent of electricity consumed in HKScan's operations was generated from renewable sources.


HKScan has reduced its overall water consumption by 11 per cent from 2014 to 2018


The amount of landfill waste decreased by 99 per cent from 2014 to 2018.