We've set a target to achieve carbon neutrality at all production sites around the world in 2020. In order to achieve this milestone, our efforts are focused on sourcing sustainable raw materials and carbon neutral production.
We insist on sustainable palm oil as it is the main ingredient in many of our products. In 2008, we joined the RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) and in 2016, became the first in our industry to offer a full range of RSPO SG-certified emulsifiers. Audits of our application of the RSPO standard conducted annually.
Additionally, we participate in the Confederation of Danish Industry’s Business Initiative for Sustainable Palm Oil and joined the Danish Task Force on sustainable palm oil. The Task Force is committed to the Amsterdam Declarations, which are non-legally binding political commitments that aim to support the implementation of private sector commitments on deforestation and sustainable palm oil.
To reach our 2020 target, we aim to reduce carbon emissions wherever possible through activities such as switching from light fuel oil to natural gas. Where this is not feasible, we offset the remaining carbon emissions via, for example, purchasing energy from certified wind turbines and biogas certificates. In 2015, our Denmark-based production facility achieved 100 percent carbon neutrality, while in Mexico, the status was reached in 2016. Palsgaard is the first industrial company in Mexico to reach such a status – something we are extremely proud of.
In an effort to reduce our overall use of resources, we have increased our material utilisation rate and optimised production processes. This helps to minimise the volume of by-products and products that do not meet specifications. As a result, Palsgaard produces very limited amounts of production waste. A special system records and labels derivative products, enabling us to effectively reduce, sort and re-use them.
Production waste water is mainly from cleaning containers and pipes and may contain remnants of vegetable oil, fat, phosphorus and nitrogen. Our own pre-treatment plant removes the majority of these remnants before release into the municipal water treatment plant.
Reduced waste water is achieved via cooling water recycling systems, optimising cleaning procedures, producing larger batches, reducing water usage in vacuum pumps, automatic closure valves and more.
Outbound packaging makes up less than 1.5 percent of the overall weight of our final products. In Denmark, all packaging cartons are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), while many bags also carry the certification. Specialised external companies handle the majority of our inbound packaging for recycling purposes, while transport pallets are sold for re-use.
The 2017 CSR report further details our commitments.
Henrik Højager Nielsen, COO, Palsgaard A/S
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.
Check out our video explaining how we work with CSR around the world
Lisa Drejer Mortensen
Senior CSR Specialist
Tel: +45 7682 7530