CO₂e-strategy.

A particularly important aspect of corporate sustainability at HALBA is how to deal with CO₂e emissions. Our guiding principle is: avoid, reduce, inset. We need energy to produce our high-quality foods. Due to the various processes involved, producing chocolate requires a lot of heat. We are therefore constantly on the lookout for further scope for avoiding or reducing greenhouse gas emissions. As some of our emissions cannot currently be avoided, we inset them by reforestation within our own value chain. In this way, HALBA has been offsetting its CO₂e emissions since 2017, i.e. since the construction of its new site in Pratteln (see Climate Protection Policy). HALBA has offset the CO₂e emissions of its old sites in Wallisellen and Hinwil since 2011.
 

Good to know.

The framework conditions for voluntary CO₂e offsetting have changed significantly under the Paris Agreement. In response to the new framework conditions, HALBA joined the «Science Based Targets initiative» (SBTi) in 2023. The initiative offers companies a sound scientific framework for achieving the long-term climate goal of net zero by setting ambitious and effective measures. HALBA had its full CO₂e footprint calculated for the very first time in 2023 in the context of this initiative. HALBA would like to step away from the accreditation of «CO₂-neutral». 2023 saw the establishment of the HALBA Climate Mitigation Fund for the future financing of climate-related agroforestry projects in the company’s own supply chain that will help it to achieve its SBTi reduction targets. The costs associated with converting existing cocoa plots into DAF plots with increased CO₂ capture are to be co-financed by this fund going forward. Slashing the CO₂e emissions from cocoa makes a significant contribution to HALBA’s reduction target and allows our customers to reduce their Scope 3 emissions by purchasing chocolate products with lower emissions. This makes a key contribution to climate protection.

Location.

Coop has set itself the target of significantly reducing the carbon footprint of its production operations. This major project focused on establishing optimum conditions for climate-friendly production at HALBA's state-of-the-art production site in Pratteln, starting from the construction stage in 2017. As much as 95 per cent of the required energy comes from renewable sources. For electricity HALBA focuses on hydropower. On sunny summer days, a solar system supplies the entire high-bay warehouse and the logistics facilities. Thanks to woodchip heating and waste heat recovery, indirect greenhouse gas emissions from district heating have disappeared. The wood used in the woodchip heating is sourced within a 50-kilometre radius from Pratteln. Our Pratteln site is connected to the railway and river network, which reduces the CO₂e emissions generated in road traffic. The site was ecologically enhanced with green roof spaces, creating important shelters for plants, birds of prey and insects.

 

Procurement.

Due to the transport routes involved, the procurement of our raw materials generates CO₂ emissions. HALBA sources many raw materials from Europe so as to reduce transport distances. Since 2018, most of the green lentils and chickpeas we use no longer come from overseas but from an organic producer in the South of France. Some of HALBA’s organic hazelnuts come from North Macedonia. Furthermore, 50 percent of our dry mushroom selection already comes from southern Europe. Not only do we contribute to the reduction and offsetting of CO₂e emissions by using shorter transport routes, we also expect our suppliers to take responsibility (see procurement policy).

Climate protection projects.

HALBA insets operational CO₂e emissions as well as product-related emissions through reforestation products within its own value chain, currently under the label Carbon Neutral Product. Approximately four trees must be planted to inset one tonne of CO₂. We have planted 457 049 new trees since 2011 – around 96 every day. Starting in 2025, HALBA will fully transition to a new climate protection strategy based on the SBT initiative, with a net-zero target by 2050. Consequently, the «CO2 neutral» logo will be replaced by a «climate - we care» logo from 2025 onwards.

In early 2019, we launched new reforestation projects in Ghana and Ecuador. They are the world’s first projects that combine cocoa cultivation in dynamic agroforestry with Gold Standard carbon insets. The Gold Standard is the strictest standard for climate protection projects. Our parent company, Coop, will be insetting more than 130 000 tonnes of CO₂e from business flights, airfreight and home deliveries with these two projects over the next seven years.

 

Objectives.

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges our society faces today, and its impacts affect HALBA, too. That is why we seek to contribute to the fight against climate change. We constantly endeavour to further reduce our CO₂e emissions across all areas with a view to reaching net zero by 2050.