Climate change refers to the long term changes in the Earth’s climate system, including, changes in temperature, precipitation, and weather patterns, that are primarily caused by human activity.
Climate changes can cause several negative impacts such as:
Rising sea levels: As global temperature rise, glaciers and ice sheets melt, and sea levels rise. This could lead to flooding of low-lying areas and displacement of millions of people.
Extreme weather events: Climate change leads to more frequent and severe weather events, including hurricanes, droughts, heatwaves and wildfires. These events can cause significant damage to infrastructure, homes and ecosystems.
Loss of biodiversity: As temperatures rise, many species may be unable to adapt to changing conditions and may go extinct. This could have cascading effects on ecosystem and food chains.
Water scarcity: Climate change is expected to lead to more frequent and severe droughts, which could lead to water scarcity in many regions. This can potentially cause conflicts over water resources and harm agriculture and food production.
Health impacts: Climate change could lead to increased incidence of several diseases. This could have significant impacts on public health and healthcare systems.
Economic impacts: Climate change could lead to significant economic impacts, including damage to infrastructure, lost productivity, and higher costs for disaster relief. These impacts could be particularly severe for low-income communities and developing countries.
Lerøy, as any other organization, has an impact on the climate in several ways:
The organization emits GHG through our operations. Lerøy is performing GHG reporting (Scope 1, 2 and 3) in order to monitor and control its own and relevant supply chain emissions in order to be able to take appropriate measures for reducing its GHG emissions.
The organization also implicitly contributes to deforestation by purchasing fish feed. Lerøy is working proactively with its business partners (including fish feed suppliers) to develop alternative fish feed ingredients.
The organization generates waste, including plastic waste, however its is taking appropriate steps to reduce its contribution to pollution.
Lerøy has developed Climate policy which sets out a range of actions and measures aimed at addressing climate change and introducing sustainable business practices. The goal of the policy is to mitigate the negative impacts of climate change and reduce risks associated with it.
Actions taken to manage the topic and related impacts: