Sustainability is one of our strategic pillars together with fish welfare, technology, partnership and research and development, which makes sustainability a central part of our business strategy.
Sustainability is closely interconnected with all strategic decisions in the company and is a central part of risk management. We will be dependent on natural resources in our business and therefore prioritize minimizing our impact on the environment.
Resource efficiency and sustainable solutions will be a key focus throughout the concept and design phase while we develop our Next Generation RAS (Recirculating Aquaculture Systems) facility. We aim to take advantage of all the sustainable traits of land-based RAS such as escape prevention, sludge collection, no sea lice or other parasites and control of production parameters.
This is key to obtaining high fish welfare, which is vital to achieving and supporting sustainable production.
Once the construction of our Next Generation RAS salmon farm begins in Skipavika, we will seek sustainable solutions during this phase by certifying the facility under the BREEAM-standard. This process will help us ensure that we adhere to high sustainability standards concerning energy efficiency, use of materials, waste management and overall environmental management.
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Sustainability is vital to us for many reasons. Healthy ecosystems are a prerequisite for economic growth, and aquaculture is heavily reliant on natural resources for sourcing of raw materials. Sustainability is also fundamental to meeting the coming regulatory changes intended to secure a more sustainable growth in the European economy. Notably, the changes related to the implementation of the EU taxonomy for Sustainable Finance, the Farm to Fork Strategy and other EU initiatives included in the EU Green Deal will be important as we implement our sustainability strategy and reporting framework.
We are using the concept and design phase to explore our options and target our focus areas. We have currently set up a few targets and will add more in 2022 as the concept and design phase moves forward.
Design a facility that allows for the lowest possible energy consumption per kg produced fish.
This ensures that the facility is responsibly built and allows us to have sustainable salmon production. This process will also contribute to safeguarding the local environment and local biodiversity.
The area of the roof will be covered with solar panels to produce renewable energy for our production.
One of the advantages of salmon production in a closed facility on land is the collection of sludge. This allows us to take advantage of the high energy and nutrient content of fish sludge for energy generation and production of fertilizer. We are currently working on the solution that will be best for our facility.