Palsgaard is pleased to announce that the company has won the
Danish environmental award, "Wise m2" for its
CO2 reductions for the past year.
For the past 4 years, Danish building society Realkredit Danmark
has been awarding Danish companies who have made an extra effort in
reducing their CO2 emissions. Of the 18 regional winners
only 3 companies including Palsgaard have been selected to
participate in the national competition, which will be decided on
6th January 2010.
When presenting the regional award to Palsgaard chairman, Birger
Brix, Realkredit Danmark spokes person Arne Wendelbo explained that
Palsgaard was presented with the award in recognition of the
company's high focus on optimizing its energy consumption, as it is
part of Palsgaard's basic philosophy to incorporate energy savings
and CO2 reductions into new developments of both its
production plants and administration facilities. A philosophy which
has already resulted in many efforts to reduce the company's
In 2005 Palsgaard built the largest privately owned straw-fired
burner in Denmark, thereby replacing heavy fuel oil as the heat
source for the entire company with 80 % of the straw sourced from
the company's own agricultural land. This has reduced Palsgaard's
oil consumption significantly and reduced its CO2
emissions by 1,900 MT.
In 2009 Palsgaard converted from heavy fuel to natural gas as the
main energy source for its production facilities, thereby obtaining
a cleaner energy source, as the CO2 emissions are much
lower from natural gas than from fuel oil and reducing its
CO2 emissions by 1,244 MT.
Along with additional energy saving activities such as implementing
intelligent light control Palsgaard has been able to reduce its
CO2 emissions by 3,735 MT per year, equivalent to
approximately 1250 MT of oil.
In his acceptance speech Birger Brix explained: "We are an
energy-intensive company, and our energy savings have also been
driven by financial reasons in a competitive world. However, we
already started focussing on acting in a more environmentally
friendly manner several years ago and have gotten used to caring
for the environment. In our daily activities, we also like to
remind our employees to care for the environment. Many of the ideas
for energy-savings actually come from our own employees."