Environment & climate impact

As a manufacturing business, Hofseth BioCare’s production has direct and indirect environmental impacts.
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Hofseth BioCare’s business operations has a direct environmental impact in the form of water use, emissions to air and water, as well as waste generation.

The use of process water leads to wastewater emissions which needs to be accounted for and kept within the limits set by the county administrator. Hofseth BioCare’s direct emissions stem from steam generation. While this steam generation was previously also a source of smell pollution (olfactory pollution), our manufacturing plants did not receive any complaints concerning smell pollution in 2019. Our plant in Midsund now uses an open-loop scrubber, while Berkåk employs a closed-loop scrubber, both ensuring a minimal negative impact on surrounding communities. Air emissions are accounted for and reported to the environmental authorities.

As an energy intensive business, the company also gives rise to direct and indirect emissions from energy use in operations, direct emissions from the installation of boilers on-site as well as indirect emissions from purchased electricity. Hofseth BioCare also has an indirect environmental and climate impact through its supply chain and business activities; the main sources estimated to be transportation, employee business travel, purchased goods and services.

Energy use(MWh)
4573 MWh
6337 MWh
Diesel523 tonnes
Fish oil used as fuel (t)
117 tonnes
Emissions to water (m3)
50064 m3/year
Waste (t)
340 tonnes

In addition to working to minimize the negative impact on climate and the environment stemming from business operations, Hofseth BioCare is a proactive societal actor through successfully lowering emissions and through the utilization of products that used to be considered waste. By using a by-product from aquaculture, waste is minimized, and the company contributes to upcycling and the efficient use of resources. Hofseth BioCare is moreover taking steps to avoid unnecessary emissions by utilizing process heating inside factories and focusing on heat- and energy recovery as part of its processes.

Tonnes CO2-equivalents
LocationScope 1
Scope 2 location based

For Hofseth BioCare, direct emissions from on-site combustion, mainly diesel in the Midsund factory, is the main source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. For now, the insufficient power supply on the island of Midsund has necessitated the use of a diesel generator. Indirect emissions from electricity purchased from the grid is the second largest source of GHG emissions.

Hofseth BioCare pledges to work systematically to reduce energy consumption and GHG emissions with a special focus on energy consumption, effective communication and transportation.

Hofseth BioCare’s CO₂ emissions have been calculated in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocolpublished by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the World Resources Institute. The above data on greenhouse gas emissions includes the following sources of CO₂ emissions:

Scope 1 direct emissions:
Emissions from fuel combustion on-site and on-site generation of electricity, heat or steam. All emission factors for Scope 1 emissions are from DEFRA 2018.

Scope 2 indirect emissions from electricity purchased:
Emissions from the consumption of electricity purchased. CO2 emission factors used for electricity are location based and calculated using IEA emission factors.

Hofseth BioCare has set the following goals for environment and climate impact in 2020:

  • Review and make a plan for energy efficiency in our operations.
  • Consider offsetting or purchasing guarantees of origin to lower GHG emissions
  • Switch from diesel supply to LNG for peak power generation at Midsund