115 of 271 Hesburger restaurants in Finland use EPD (Environmental Product Declaration) certified wind powered electricity provided by the energy company Vattenfall. The contract for wind powered electricity covers all restaurants and other facilities in Finland where the franchisor Burger-In Ltd purchases electricity. Hesburger restaurants also utilize solar energy and geothermal heating.
Some Hesburger restaurants also come with charging stations for electric cars.
Hesburger's distribution centre and production facilities are located in Kaarina, Finland. All the products, supplies and ingredients needed by our chain restaurants are brought to the distribution centre. From there, they are delivered to restaurants in different regions, thus eliminating any unnecessary transportation. Centralised deliveries can save up to dozens of trips by the trucks.
We pay special attention to careful planning of the delivery chain. Hesburger trucks drive routes that are as short as possible, which produces fewer emissions. In the autumn of 2012, Hesburger improved the efficiency of its delivery routes in order to reduce the total number of kilometres driven and the amount of CO2 emissions produced. The ordering system only allows for the delivery of full pallets and truckloads.
Unnecessary cardboard packaging used in logistics has also been eliminated: a majority of the deliveries to restaurants travel in re-usable plastic boxes.
E-invoicing reduces the number of trips
Electronic invoicing reduces the accumulation of paper waste, not to mention environmental impact. Shifting to e-invoicing saves on paper as well as the energy needed for printing and transportation. Hesburger first adopted e-invoicing in 2002.
Producing an e-invoice generates approximately half the carbon dioxide emissions of a paper invoice. The carbon footprint of letter-form paper invoices is further increased by their transportation, among other factors.