Juelsminde, Denmark — Confectionery and bakery emulsifier and stabilizer manufacturer Palsgaard A/S will become carbon dioxide-neutral by 2020 and use only certified palm oil-based raw materials in its products as part of its new corporate social responsibility initiatives detailed in its latest CSR report.
In 2012 the company maintained its 2011 carbon dioxide-emission levels and installed a solar cell system at its Mexico facility that ensures 85 percent of the plant’s electricity consumption is neutralized, Palsgaard reports.
“Becoming carbon dioxide-neutral by 2020 is an extremely ambitious target for a company with very energy-intensive production processes,” CEO Jakob Thøisen says.
The company also claims it is using energy from wind farms, replacing fuel oil with natural gas and using straw from its own fields as renewable energy sources for heating and implementing a variety of energy-friendly plant optimizations to meet its goal.
Palsgaard earned certification from the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil in 2012, it notes in the report, and also says it has developed a new facility in Malaysia with a CSR focus. The plant’s location was chosen based on its proximity to sources of raw materials and it houses a high-tech manufacturing plant and R&D facility, laboratory, warehouse and administration center, Palsgaard reports.
In addition, the firm completed a training course to strengthen collaboration, knowledge sharing and communication among its employees. Thøisen explains: “The concept of responsibility is a real ingredient in our history and everyday work. We will continuously assess and implement further CSR initiatives in our global organization.”