Our ambition: Brunvoll will ensure minimal environmental impact in both our facilities and value chain, from material procurement to end of life. We will continuously work to reduce our GHG-emissions and material footprint.
Modern production and integrated value chain
We focus on in-house production in our facilities located in Molde, Volda and Dalen, avoiding outsourcing of important skills and knowledge. Investments in modern production technology and lean principles help us continuously improve our productivity, which is essential when producing in a high-cost country.
Our philosophy is that an integrated value chain provides us with a competitive benefit granting us control, flexibility and capabilities both in daily operations and for the purpose of innovation.
Responsible supply chain
Our suppliers are met with environmental criteria in addition to screening on quality, price and delivery precision. Through our purchasing policy, we favour long-term partnerships and the use of local suppliers when they can offer competitive conditions. Our suppliers are made familiar with our ethical guidelines, and it is a prerequisite that they comply with international law on wages, working conditions and health & safety. Our supplier mapping shows that a large portion (>75 %) of our Tier 1 suppliers are situated in the Nordics and northern Europe.
We welcome a change where supply chain transparency will be the new normal, and our ambition is to prepare and deliver on new practices and laws within procurement.
Logistics and transportation of goods is an important part of our supply chain, and we have an ambition to collect data on our impact from this activity and reduce this impact over time. We have a high ratio of upstream goods transported by truck, and a high ratio of downstream goods being transported by sea freight.
Material consumption and circularity
A large proportion of our scope 3 emissions is found in the life cycle of purchased goods, noticeable in our consumption of metals such as steel, cast iron and bronze-alloys. Our goal is to measure and increase the fraction of recycled content in our input materials, in order to support the development of a more circular economy and lower the footprint of our products. A parallel goal is to use less materials by increasing resource efficiency.
An example is to make sure the workpieces we process are sourced as close to the dimensions of the finished part as practicable, reducing processing time and energy, metal waste, purchasing costs and transported tonnage. Another example is to gradually move towards more additive manufacturing technologies.
We have a well-functioning waste management system in place. We sort and deliver multiple fractions of excess material to proper waste management companies. In 2021, we sent 1130 tons of waste to recycling, while 216 tons was sent to further processing. From these 216 tons, 60 % was sorted and 40 % unsorted. Our ambition is to continuously decrease the total amount of waste generated, and increase the amount of sorted waste sent to further processing to 80 %.
Energy consumption and carbon footprint from operations
The energy consumption at our facilities is largely covered by purchased electricity and district heating ( > 90 %). Norway is close to self-sufficient with hydroelectric power, allowing industry such as ours to create value with low scope 1 and 2 emission. But energy is a resource that we must use with care, and we continue to invest in solutions and technology that help us become more energy efficient. Our ambition is to reduce our scope 1 emissions by 50 % and decrease our overall energy intensity with 5 %, by 2025. We will work to disclose more of our scope 3 emissions in our next report, noticeably emissions from transportation and purchased materials. We expect most of our carbon footprint to be found in our scope 3.
End of life
Our products are built to last, and often outlive the ships they are installed into. We see a large potential in refurbishment and reuse, and our ambition for the next year is to pursue knowledge on how our products are being handled at ship scrapping yards: are they being sold on a second-hand market, or are they dismantled for recycling? These are among the questions we will seek to answer. With facts and knowledge, we can make better decisions on how to contribute to a more circular economy for our products and services.