The production of emulsifiers and emulsifier/stabilizer systems is highly energy-intensive. Despite this, Palsgaard aims to achieve a worldwide zero-carbon footprint by the end of 2020. And already, we are far ahead of other players in our industry.
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.
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. But Palsgaard’s efforts to ensure sustainable production don’t stop there. In fact, our facilities in the Netherlands and Malaysia have already embarked on a similar process towards CO2-neutrality in 2020. The Netherlands is expected to achieve a zero-carbon footprint in 2018 and Malaysia in 2020.
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.
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.
Check out our new video celebrating the 100 year anniversary of Einar Viggo Schou's invention of the modern food emulsifier.