Palsgaard is pleased to announce that the company has decided to pursue the goal of becoming CO2-neutral by 2020. A large step was taken on 1 January 2011 when Palsgaard entered an agreement to have all its electricity supplied from RECS-certified green energy from newly established windmill farms.
The production of emulsifiers and stabilisers demands an extremely high amount of energy and therefore CO2 neutrality is a very ambitious goal only to be reached with sincere efforts and creativity. However, Palsgaard has already successfully implemented substantial energy savings, such as the optimisation of the production facilities as well as the installation of a straw burner for heating, fueled by straw from Palsgaard’s own fields.
How to become CO2 neutral?
“As our production is a heavy energy consumer it may be necessary to supplement our energy resources with fossil fuel. In return, we will grow energy crop on our land and we also intend to install solar cells in order to contribute to CO2 reductions, but most importantly we have a constant focus on reduction of energy consumption by saving and recycling,” says Birger Brix, chairman of the board.
How to purchase green energy?
Certified green energy from windmills, traded through approved RECS certificates, is an opportunity that Palsgaard has chosen for all electricity used in Palsgaard’s Danish premises in order to contribute to the reduction of global CO2 emissions.
The documented green energy is produced by using one of the world’s natural and non-polluting energy resources – the wind. The electricity from wind turbines forms part of Palsgaard’s energy consumption and is purchased corresponding to the amount consumed.
“The electricity in our cables will not become CO2 neutral as such, since you can’t separate electricity, but we are willing to pay a little extra to make sure that new wind energy is being produced,” says Birger Brix.
By making the energy savings effective through green energy realisations at Palsgaard’s premises and by purchasing green energy, the company’s environmental impact is reduced significantly.
Palsgaard has to be prepared for future trends and Birger Brix explains that a battery charging depot will be installed at Palsgaard in order to give visitors and employees the opportunity to charge batteries for electric cars entering the market in the time to come.
For supervision and co-operation for the extended energy saving plans, Palsgaard has allied with NRGi, a consumer-owned Danish energy supplier experienced in green solutions reducing the environmental impact.
Why become CO2 neutral?
Palsgaard aims to contribrute to bring down the CO2 strain because this is a natural part of its corporate values. Seen through the eyes of Palsgaard, the benefits of the company’s climate related activities are two-fold; primarily they help support the global environment, but they also create business as the global markets show increasing preference for responsible suppliers.