CO2-neutral in Denmark

    In 2015, our Danish plant was the first of its kind to become 100% CO2-neutral. It was the first step on the way to achieving our ultimate target of becoming CO2-neutral worldwide in 2020.

    How we became CO2-neutral in Denmark

    Denmark was the natural place for us to start reducing emissions, as the plant in Juelsminde uses the most energy in the group. Here, we also have access to infrastructure and technologies that are in their infancy in many other parts of the world. By focusing strongly on energy reductions, optimisation and the use of alternative, renewable solutions as energy sources we were able to achieve zero carbon emissions* in Denmark five years earlier than expected - despite having lifted production volume by over 60% since 2006.

    This is how we achieved it:

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    2005

    STRAW-FIRED HEATING

    Waste straw from grain produced in our own fields fuels our indoor heating. Burned at our large-scale straw burning plant, straw is a renewable energy source and a CO2-neutral alternative to oil.

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    2009

    BOILER CONVERSIONS

    Industrial boilers are at the heart of our production plants. We converted all boilers at our Danish plant from heavy fuel oil to natural gas.

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    2010

    MORE EFFICIENT PLANTS

    When rebuilding two of our largest production plants, we took the opportunity to install regenerative heat exchangers that boosted the heat recovery efficiency by over 30%.

     
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    2011

    WIND ENERGY

    Wind power has helped our Danish plant to become CO2-neutral. In 2011, we began purchasing RECS certified wind energy from Energi Danmark A/S.

     
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    2013

    LIGHTENING THE LOAD

    We converted to more energy-efficient lighting options as part of a comprehensive effort to optimise electricity consumption via, for example, sensors and LED technology.

     

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    2014

    PROCESS INSULATION

    We ran a highly specialised project to insulate our processing plants, reducing the amount of gas required for production processes heating.

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    2015

    BIOGAS

    All consumption of fossil energy (natural gas) has been converted to biogas by purchasing offset certificates from HMN Naturgas A/S.

    What is covered?

    Palsgaard’s CO2-neutrality framework incorporates the principles of the Green House Gas (GHG) Protocol, Scopes 1 and 2, developed by World Resources Institute and World Business Council on Sustainable Development to set the global standard for how to measure, manage, and report greenhouse gas emissions. Company vehicles are not included in Palsgaard’s framework.

    *Deloitte has verified that Palsgaard has offset its consolidated CO2 emissions related to electricity consumption and natural gas consumption for the production site in Juelsminde, Denmark in 2015. For the full statement from Deloitte, click here.

    Palsgaard celebrates CO2-neutrality

    Palsgaard achieved CO2-neutrality at our Danish plant in 2015, 5 years ahead of our goal of achieving a zero carbon footprint globally by 2020. Check out our video of how it was celebrated.