What do we mean by CO2-neutrality?
CO2-neutrality describes an organisation's efforts to remove as much CO2 from the atmosphere as it puts into it. The aim is to achieve a zero-carbon footprint (100% neutrality) through a three-step process of calculating emissions, reducing them wherever possible, and offsetting any residual emissions.
What has Palsgaard done?
At Palsgaard, we have been working actively to achieve CO2 emission reductions every year since 2006. Without these efforts, 16,000 tonnes would have been released into the atmosphere in Denmark for 2016 alone. In 2015, our Danish plant was the first of our worldwide production facilities to become entirely CO2-neutral, closely followed by our plant in Mexico in 2016, and our Dutch and Brazilian factories in 2018. Palsgaard is the first industrial company in Mexico to reach such a status – something we are extremely proud of.
But Palsgaard’s efforts to ensure sustainable production don’t stop there. In fact, our facility in Malaysia has already embarked on a similar process towards CO2-neutrality in 2020.
We have have reached our target of a zero-carbon footprint in Denmark, Mexico and the Netherlands by:
- Switching to alternative energy sources; straw from our own fields, wind energy, solar power and biogas
- Carrying out intensive energy optimisations, including
- Installing more energy efficient production equipment
- Planning production runs to use less energy
- Switching to more energy-efficient lightening options
- Insulating our processing plants
Why go for zero?
As far back as 1908, Palsgaard's founder Einar Viggo Schou established a strong tradition in responsibility. This meant looking after employees and their families, the local communities in which Palsgaard operates, and society in general.
For Palsgaard, caring for the planet is a natural part of our corporate values. And our climate-related activities not only help to protect the global environment, but also strengthen our business as the world's markets show increasing preference for responsible suppliers. This contributes to making us a preferred supplier for many customers, making the production of fully sustainable emulsifiers not just a cost but also a key business parameter.
How is it possible?
Palsgaard's unique ownership structure makes it possible for us to focus so strongly on sustainability: Being foundation-owned gives us the freedom to plan our future in a more visionary way, focusing on long-term, responsible goals rather than short-term financial returns.