We really do consider it an honour to fish the Arctic waters of the Barents Sea – one of the most dramatic, awe-inspiring environments in the world.
We’d very much like to keep it that way. That’s why we are setting the industry standard when it comes to environmental responsibility and sustainable fishing practices. We believe that what’s good for the planet is also good for our business.
Knut Helge Vestre
CEO, Coldwater Prawns of Norway
About one-third of all food for human consumption is either lost or wasted – that’s some 1.3bn tonnes each year. In the EU alone, 88m tonnes of food are wasted annually (source European Commission – Fusions 2016). Food waste often ends up as landfill, creating methane. Also, take into account all the resources used in the production of food. Consider all the stages of cultivation, storage, preparation, transportation, processing, packaging and so on.
With wasted food, all this has been for nothing. Things need to change- and frozen food has an exciting role to play.
One of the main benefits with frozen food – especially with how we lead our lives today – is how it has the potential to cut down on food waste. You take as much or as little as you need. No more, no less. Whether you are feeding a family or just yourself, portions are perfect.
Additionally, research in the UK has indicated that frozen food may be instrumental in reducing carbon emissions by the food industry in general in the future. Researchers discovered that a frozen meal for a family of four produces five-per-cent less CO2 than a chilled alternative. They concluded this after looking at various CO2 emission points in the food production chain, from slaughter or harvest to the final appearance on the dining table. (Source: Eating Green report, Refrigeration Developments and Testing, 2012)
At Coldwater Prawns of Norway, we don’t waste any part of the prawn. We work with fellow Norwegian firm Seagarden, which uses the shell in food flavouring applications globally, following drying and processing stages. Additionally, any water we use in processing is thoroughly cleaned before being deposited at sea.
Coldwater Prawns of Norway is the only supplier in the world that delivers 100% Norwegian coldwater prawns, with MSC, FOS and KRAV approval.
Recently, Coldwater Prawns of Norway decided to strengthen its green-credentials even further with a bold 16mNOK (1.9mUSD) initiative.
The result is a series of far-reaching energy and environmental-focused measures that have had a global impact across our whole organisation – from our company offices to our fishing vessels and our packaging facilities.
‘With this passion comes respect for nature and the expectation that we hold ourselves accountable to the highest possible standards. Our customers not only care about how we source our catch but rightly expect that we take every action possible to leave as small a footprint on the environment as possible.’
As a result, Coldwater Prawns of Norway sought both collaboration and advice from Tafjord Marked – northwest Norway’s largest energy company – and independent energy consultants Energiråd.
CEO of Energiråd, Harald Lillebø, said: ‘Energy consumption, both directly and indirectly, is the biggest cause of today’s global climate problems. The most important action a company can take to help reduce its impact on the climate and the environment is to reduce its energy use.’
To that end, Coldwater Prawns of Norway was involved and instructed in effective energy management practices. This included the establishment and operation of a planning and management system for energy use, plus the training and education of all the employees in effective energy use routines.
The company’s buildings, production facilities and technical facilities, were all comprehensively audited by Energiråd, along with operating procedures. Energy use has also been mapped, providing Coldwater Prawns of Norway with valuable insight into just how energy is used. As a result of this data, we will look to further streamline energy consumption as much as possible.
Energiråd then prepared an overview of improvement opportunities. In order to adopt the recommendations in the most effective way, Coldwater Prawns of Norway created an action plan in close cooperation with Energiråd. This will form the basis for an annual review in order to ensure the continuous implementation of improvement measures moving forward.
For this reason, we have undertaken comprehensive training, information and awareness sessions with members of the Coldwater Prawns of Norway team.
Employees are also actively encouraged to make suggestions and take the initiative when it comes to conducting daily business in a more energy-efficient way.
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