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Scandic restaurants to stop using palm oil

Press Release   •   Jul 04, 2013 15:33 BST

Scandic has been working with sustainability issues since the mid-1990s. Water, energy, waste and carbon dioxide emissions are some of the areas monitored by the Group every month, to ensure continuous improvement with respect to sustainability. Now the company is focusing on its restaurant offer, and has decided to replace palm oil with rapeseed and sunflower oil. Scandic’s restaurants use around 75 thousand litres of oil every year just for deep-frying. The use of palm oil has already ceased in Norway, Denmark and Finland.

“Accepting our environmental and social responsibilities has always been important to us. A good example of this is that we have been serving only Fairtrade or UTZ coffee for several years now. By using rapeseed and sunflower oil exclusively for deep frying, we are taking a stand on the protection of wildlife and the preservation of forest”, says Inger Mattsson, Sustainability Manager at Scandic.

The cultivation of palm oil has trebled over the past 30 years. Palm oil is grown in areas which were previously covered by tropical rain forests – forests which are regarded as the most diverse eco systems in the world. Malaysia and Indonesia are responsible for 87% of the world’s production of palm oil.  

Sweden imports an estimated 44,000 tonnes of palm oil every year. This is equivalent to every Swede “borrowing” 11 square metres of land to cover his or her consumption of palm oil (source: WWF).

For more information on Scandic’s approach to sustainability, please visit www.scandichotels.com/betterworld

Contacts: Inger Mattsson, Director Sustainable Business Scandic, tel: +46 70-973 50 19
Margareta Thorgren, VP Group Communication Scandic, tel: +46 72-170 92 53

Every day, Scandic’s 7,500 team members work with one single goal in mind – to make you feel welcome. As the Nordic region’s most sustainable hotel chain we’re always focused on the environment, social responsibility and accessibility. With around 160 hotels in eight countries, 30,000 hotel rooms and a turnover of EUR 923 million, Scandic is the largest hotel chain in the Nordic countries. We want to be more than just a hotel – Scandic is a place where people meet, work and get inspired.

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