A range of individual recipes, spice mixtures and packaging sizes: the diversity that characterises Wernsing's product portfolio also means that the company needs many different raw materials - especially vegetables - for production.
In 2019, around 50 % of all raw materials and packaging materials were purchased from the region within a radius of 100 kilometres of the Addrup headquarters. The resulting efficiency in the yield of raw materials is an important part of our sustainable production.
Our central guiding principle for environmentally friendly and sustainable action is "avoid, reduce, recycle". We have committed to continuously improving our energy-related performance and to steadily reducing the environmental impact of our operations.
An efficient and energy-optimised production process is essential to be able to produce food in a resource-effecient and sustainable manner. For many years now, we have focused in particular on operational energy management. It is our intention to continuously reduce the consumption of electricity, gas, and water, and to increase energy efficiency.
- Reliable, long-term and close partnerships with our suppliers and a comprehensive supplier management programme
- In 2019, 100% of the potatoes used by Wernsing came from controlled and certified sources such as GLOBALG.A.P.
- Membership and involvement in various initiatives (for example SAI, EUPPA), partner networks (ZNU) and other forums
- Certified energy management in accordance with DIN EN ISO 50001
- Green energy: since 2019, 100% of externally purchased electricity has come from renewable sources
- We have our own waste processing plant
- Biogas and photovoltaic plants as well as CHP plants (combined heat and power generation)
- A perfectly coordinated logistics concept linking production, warehouse and logistics
- We always try to guarantee optimal truck utilisation and route planning in our logistics department
- Installation of nesting boxesfor peregrine falcons at the central warehouse in cooperation with the nature conservation association Naturschutzbund (NABU) Bakum and the organisation for the protection of peregrine falcons Wanderfalkenschutz Nordseeküste (AWN) Oldenburg
- Insect hotels for our factory premises and for our contract partners in agriculture, which were produced in cooperation with the St. Elisabeth Foundation, an institution for the care of the disabled and the elderly, in nearby Lastrup.
- The " Blooming Landscape" project: in collaboration with our contract farmers, flowering strips with a total area of about 16 hectares were integrated into the agricultural landscape in 2019
A view to the future
Wernsing is committed to climate neutrality
Wernsing Feinkost GmbH is committed to making all company-specific activities climate-neutral by 2022 at the latest, to become climate-neutral. This will be achieved within the framework of the ZNU goes Zero initiative from the Centre for Sustainable Business Management (ZNU).
We want to contribute further to the sustainability of our planet and, in addition to avoiding, reducing, and compensating for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, we will implement additional projects under the heading "Education, Soil and/or Trees". Offsetting will, however, only take effect once all the existing potential for energy efficiency has been exhausted. In this case, unavoidable greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) will be offset through various compensation projects.
Having already successfully reduced our CO2 emissions by 42% from 2012 to 2018, for example through new technologies and the use of green electricity, we are now taking the first step towards offsetting unavoidable emissions.
We have now already offset 20% of the emissions (Scope 1 and 2) generated at our facility for 2018. This compensation is being achieved by supporting three climate protection projects:
- Clean cooking stoves, Peru
- Solar energy, India
- Forest conservation, Brazil
The "Climate neutral" label and our certificate with its ID number guarantee transparency. This TÜV-Austria certified process from ClimatePartner stands for security and credibility in climate protection.
By offsetting our corporate emissions, we are committing to climate protection and underlining our commitment to sustainability. This is the first major step towards our goal of becoming 100% climate neutral, which we want to achieve by 2022 at the latest. Wernsing goes Zero!
- We intend to reduce our CO2 emissions by more than 70% per tonne of finished product by 2025 as compared with 2012.
- A reduction of 23.5% in total energy consumption per tonne of output between 2012 and 2025.
- The promotion of sustainable cultivation of our raw materials as part of our commitment to the SAI (Sustainable Agriculture Initiative).
"Working Together for a Blooming Landscape"
Agriculture & Wernsing Feinkost