Palsgaard has released its annual CSR report for 2015, which includes the achievement of CO2-neutrality for its main production facility.
For food ingredients manufacture Palsgaard, 2015 was a year to celebrate due both to healthy financial results and the achievement of a substantial part of the company’s journey toward a zero carbon footprint around the globe.
Palsgaard’s 2015 CSR report highlights this latest accomplishment in the company’s sustainability drive: Palsgaard’s Danish-based and largest plant became CO2-neutral, delivering the first part of Palsgaard’s goal to declare a zero carbon footprint globally by 2020.
CEO Jakob Thoisen says: "Given the energy-intensive production processes in our industry, we believe it is a major achievement to arrive at this target in Denmark well ahead of schedule.
"As a company, we have set ourselves ambitious goals and we’re determined to deliver on them. By combining CO2-neutrality, sustainable palm oil, and other sustainability measures, we can deliver truly sustainable emulsifier systems that are in an increased demand by our customers and certified to be environmentally friendly".
While impressive, CO2-neutrality was only one of several achievements on the sustainability front. Derivative products decreased per kilogram of finished product, for example water consumption was reduced and Palsgaard’s Malaysian production plant achieved Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certification.
As in 2014, two main factors continued to contribute to a slight increase in overall energy and raw materials consumption: implementation phase of the Malaysian plant and increased production levels.
Palsgaard’s has a long history of CSR. Founded over 100 years ago when the company invented the modern commercial food emulsifier, Palsgaard has worked to find ways to protect the community and preserve natural resources.
The 2015 CSR report describes how Palsgaard uses its decades of food application expertise to help its customers sustainably meet consumer needs and regulatory priorities through more efficient, higher-quality production and healthier products. And it further outlines how the company is helping to lead the way in emission reductions, sustainable palm oil production and food safety.
Already a long-term follower of the UN Global Compact’s (UNGC) 10 principles, Palsgaard aims to keep pace with the latest international sustainability developments.
Jakob Thoisen. Says: "2015 was also a year where we welcomed the UNGC’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
"Already now, we’re seeing the SDGs becoming a CSR focal point for companies in many industries, as well as a business opportunity, and it’s natural, therefore, that we get behind these efforts, too."
Going forward, Palsgaard plans to introduce new activities enabling it to achieve CO2-neutrality at all production facilities by 2020. In Denmark, Malaysia, Mexico, and the Netherlands, as well as in other countries, the company will continue to identify greener energy alternatives, more sustainable sources of energy, and ways to further reduce water usage.
RSPO-certified production capabilities will also be expanded in plant locations beyond Denmark. In the workplace, 2016 is already seeing renewed focus on safe behaviours and preventative measures.