Cermaq, which farms in Norway, Chile and Canada, has set ambitious emissions targets

Cermaq to make salmon even more climate friendly

Salmon farmer Cermaq has pledged to cut 35% of its total greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, with a switch to more electric boats and facilities, more renewable energy, and climate friendly transport and feed.

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Geir Molvik, CEO of the Mitsubishi owned company, said: ‘Farmed salmon is a climate friendly food source and with our new measures, we will make Cermaq salmon even more sustainable.


‘Our promise – ‘Seafood for a healthy future’ - provides reduced greenhouse gas emissions, less environmental impact and a positive contribution to societies in which we operate.’

Molvik said sustainable farming was not only crucial for meeting the expectations of society and customers, but was also a precondition for the future development of the aquaculture industry.

Cermaq CEO Geir Molvik

The measures the company will take to cut emissions include electrification of facilities and workboats; transitioning from fossil energy sources towards renewable energy sources/hybrid solutions; improving energy efficiency to reduce overall energy consumption; improving feed efficiency through use of new technology development that further reduces the feed conversion ratio; internal R&D projects to reduce emissions; and streamlining production for using less resources.

Hybrid energy

The company also plans to optimise its means of transport to markets, using trains and trucks with hybrid energy solutions and lower greenhouse gas emissions.

‘Cooperating with suppliers and partners is necessary to improve the climate footprint of feed and transport options,’ said Molvik. ‘This also requires innovation from our side in products and processing.

‘A simple, but important measure will be to reduce diesel use at facilities and move towards electrical and hybrid solutions.

‘At the same time, energy efficiency measures will make solid contributions to our operations in Canada, Chile and Norway.’