At S. Sørensen I/S, we have a strong desire to contribute positively to the green transition, and we therefore implement continuous improvements to increase the company’s sustainability.
With actions already in place, the company supports the following UN Sustainable Development Goals:
Energy consumption and CO2 emissions
In connection with the mapping of the company’s energy consumption and CO2 emissions, we entered into an agreement with Scanenergi in 2022 on energy consulting and help with CO2 mapping.
The above was part of a package deal that also includes the purchase of wind energy, the establishment of a climate forest and an additional climate action.
By choosing all 5 measures, it allows us to use 5 stars and 2 green leaves in our marketing.
Energy saving measures
Based on the Scanenergi energy advisory and CO2 mapping in 2022, several improvement actions have been initiated.
Before that, however, several energy-saving measures had already been implemented, including
- Oil boiler in warehouse building Løvevej 4 was replaced with a heat pump in December 2019
- Lighting in warehouse and bottling plant Tigervej 11 was replaced with LED in 2019
- Two gas trucks have been replaced by electric trucks – one in 2018 and one in 2021
- Electric charging points for company cars and customers were installed in March 2022
Actions taken forward as a result of mapping:
- Natural gas heating Tigervej 11 is planned to be phased out and replaced by either district heating or heat pump solution during 2023
- Remaining gas trucks are planned to be progressively replaced by electric trucks by 2030
- Light sources that are not yet LED are planned to be replaced in 2023
As part of the green transition, we have chosen to convert our electricity purchases to 100% renewable and CO2-neutral energy produced by Danish wind power, thus helping to protect the environment – and strengthen both production and investment in environmentally friendly energy
With the Wind Energy Agreement, we as a company support the following UN Sustainable Development Goals:
As compensation for the company’s total CO2 emissions, we have chosen to invest in the Danish climate forest initiative at Scanenergi.
The CLIMATE FOREST initiative involves planting the number of trees that, over their lifetime, absorb 100% of the company’s annual CO2 emissions.
Therefore, in 2022, we planted a total of 1,388 trees – a total of 16 different tree species – to safeguard biodiversity.
With the CLIMATE FOREST agreement, we as a company support the following UN Sustainable Development Goals:
In addition to the agreement with Scanenergi to convert our electricity purchases to 100% renewable and CO2-neutral energy produced by Danish wind power,
we have chosen to invest in further reducing the world’s CO2 emissions through one or more climate initiatives in different parts of the world.
With this CLIMATE action agreement at Scanenergi, valid for the period 2022 to 2028, the company’s total Co2 emissions will be reduced twice
With the Climate Action Agreement, we as a company support the following UN Sustainable Development Goals:
Climate proof – CLIMATE action
At S. Sørensen, we have over the years had a strong focus on recycling plastic packaging, which is why a deposit system has been used on packaging such as plastic tanks, barrels and cans.
The deposit system has helped us to reuse the empty packaging that we have taken back from the company’s customers.
The empty packaging has then been refilled and reused several times within the lifetime of the packaging.
The lifetime of packaging for handling chemicals depends on the contents and can vary from two to five years.
This plastic packaging management helps to ensure that the packaging can be reused around 30 times within the five years.
Received empty packaging that is not clean is sent for external washing before reuse.
Packaging that is broken, cannot be cleaned or is too old is sent for recycling – here the packaging is crushed and reused in the production of new plastic.
The way we handle plastic packaging is already fully compliant with the EU Packaging Directive 2025, with new rules for reducing plastic packaging waste coming into force on January 1, 2025.
According to the Ministry of Environment, too much plastic waste ends up in incineration plants and in nature, wasting resources and threatening our climate and nature.
Therefore, much more packaging needs to be reused or recycled.
According to the Ministry of Environment, plastic waste is also the main source of Denmark’s CO2 emissions from waste incineration.
The set targets of up to 70% recycling of plastics by 2035 are already being met with the current management of plastic packaging
Plastic film and cardboard packaging
Plastic film is one of the waste fractions we collect and bale to be sent for recycling.
Cardboard boxes in which we receive goods from our suppliers are reused wherever possible for shipping goods to our customers.
We know that recycled cardboard boxes don’t always look good, but the more times a cardboard box can be recycled, the more energy is saved on making new ones.
The cardboard packaging that cannot be recycled is also collected and baled and then sent for recycling.