Sustainability report 2022
Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) is a research organisation that builds sustainable future and well-being from renewable natural resources. We use research to create value and solutions for our customers and society. We continuously improve our operations and models and monitor the quality, responsibility and ethics of our activities.
Food security and security of supply emerged as key issues in 2022. Rising energy prices, disruptions in raw material supply chains and the associated deterioration in agricultural and energy security caused by the war in Ukraine highlighted the need for research and statistical data produced by Luke.
Strategy and sustainability in Luke
Luke is a research and expert organisation working to advance the sustainable use of natural resources and the bioeconomy. Our research creates value and solutions for our customers, both locally and globally. Our strengths include expertise in the sustainable production and use of natural resources and a deep understanding of raw materials.
Responsibility goals and reporting in 2022
The purpose of this report is to inform citizens, decision-makers and the research and business communities about our research and solutions in the context of five UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The examples and results presented in the report relate specifically to 2022.
Progress towards our sustainability goals in 2022
SDG 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
Luke’s goal is to promote sustainable food production and improve the conditions for primary production in Finland. Luke plays an important role in addressing the challenges related to the continuity of food production, self-sufficiency and security of supply. We actively work to develop new innovative solutions for agriculture and food production and monitor the functioning of markets and the factors influencing them.
SDG 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Our goal is to develop research-based solutions to ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns. The circular bioeconomy enables the wise and sustainable use of renewable resources and raw materials.
SDG 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
Luke produces research data and tools to help society and the natural resource sector adapt to and combat climate change.
SDG 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
Our challenge is to reconcile the sustainable use of water resources with the pursuit of a healthy aquatic environment. Water is important not only for commercial purposes, but also for human wellbeing, recreation and health.
SDG 15: Life on land
New methods are required in agriculture and forestry that simultaneously take into account soil carbon sequestration and productivity, biodiversity and the economic viability of operations. Balancing these elements in a sustainable way requires up-to-date scientific knowledge, reliable assessment of economic impacts and social acceptability. We draw on a wide range of scientific methodologies to develop solutions can balance these challenging objectives.