The Joensuu factory received ISO14001 certification of its environmental management system in 1999. Other John Deere Forestry operations gained the certification in two phases: the Tampere office in 2001 and Finland retail in 2006.
The factory’s energy consumption relative to production (MWh/produced ton) decreased by 44% from 2012 to 2019. During the same period, the factory’s absolute energy consumption decreased by 3%, even though production growth has been robust.
John Deere Forestry Oy is a climate partner with the City of Joensuu and signed a climate commitment on 17.12.2015. The commitment includes the aim for energy efficiency, waste reduction, and increased recycling. Since 2016, all waste generated in the Finnish operations has been utilized as either material or energy.
The amount of waste taken to landfills in 2016-2019 was 0 tons.
The Joensuu factory is constantly taking steps to reduce waste volumes, increase recycling, and improve materials efficiency. For example, the number of recycling containers has been increased and packaging has been optimized in partnership with suppliers. Actions to improve energy efficiency are continuous; examples include fleet updates, increasing the heat recovery in ventilation systems, and updating the lighting to LED lights.
Environmental aspects have been taken into consideration also in machine engineering. New digital solutions improve the production efficiency of forest machines, and continuous improvements in product and production quality reduce breakdowns and thus the need for maintenance and spare parts.
The Tampere site and the Joensuu factory transitioned to the use of electricity and heat produced with renewable energy, on 1.2.2020. Every John Deere forest machine manufactured in Finland has been produced with 100% renewable energy since 1.2.2020.
We use GO-labeled electricity produced with hydropower.
With the use of GO-labeled electricity, the company is emissions-free in terms of its own electricity use, and, at the same time, is promoting the uptake of climate-friendly electricity production forms in Finland and Europe.
There is no future if the future isn’t safe. We maintain workplace health and safety by focusing on leading indicators, risk reduction, management systems, and prevention.
Change requires action, which is why we’ve committed to using 50% renewable electricity. By upholding excellence in energy efficiency, we plan on reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 15%.
We make more progress recycling our waste every year. We’ve set a bold goal for ourselves, vowing to recycle 85% of our total waste.
Decreased Water Use
We need water to do business, and we need it to live. Since it’s such a critical resource, we’ve made plans to implement best management practices in 100% of our water-scarce manufacturing locations.
To reduce our environmental impact, we’re increasing the use of sustainable materials and rebuild sales by 30%. By focusing on recyclable, renewable, and recycled content, we hope to reduce CO2 emissions on 90% of our new products.