Palsgaard Releases Sustainability Report, CO2 Neutral in Denmark

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06 Jun 2016 --- 2015 was a year to celebrate for food ingredients manufacturer Palsgaard, due both to healthy financial results and the achievement, well ahead of time, of a substantial part of the company’s journey toward a zero carbon footprint around the globe.

Palsgaard’s 2015 CSR Report, released today, highlights the latest accomplishment in the company’s sustainability drive: During the year, Palsgaard’s Danish-based – and largest – plant completed a six-year journey to become CO2-neutral –delivering the first part of Palsgaard’s goal to declare a zero carbon footprint globally by 2020.

“Given the energy-intensive production processes in our industry, we believe it is a major achievement to arrive at this target in Denmark well ahead of schedule,” says CEO Jakob Thoisen. “As a company, we have set ourselves ambitious goals and we’re determined to deliver on them. By combining CO2-neutrality, sustainable palm oil and other sustainability measures, we can deliver truly sustainable emulsifier systems that are in an increased demand by our customers and certified to be environmentally friendly”.
 
2015 performance
While impressive, CO2-neutrality was only one of several achievements on the sustainability front for the company. Derivative products decreased per kilogram of finished product, for example, water consumption was reduced, and Palsgaard’s Malaysian production plant achieved Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certification.
 
As with 2014, two main factors continued to contribute to a slight increase in overall energy consumption and raw materials consumption: The implementation phase of the Malaysian plant and increased production levels throughout the company.
 
Broad impact
Palsgaard’s has a long history of CSR. Founded over 100 years ago, when the company invented  the modern commercial food emulsifier Palsgaard has worked to find ways to protect the community and preserve natural resources.
 
The 2015 CSR report describes how Palsgaard uses its decades of food application expertise to help its customers sustainably meet consumer needs and regulatory priorities through more efficient, higher-quality production and healthier products. And it further outlines how the company is helping to lead the way in emission reductions, sustainable palm oil production and food safety.
 
Sustainable Development Goals
Already a long-term follower of the UN Global Compact’s (UNGC) 10 principles, Palsgaard aims to keep pace with the latest international sustainability developments.
 
“2015 was also a year where we welcomed the UNGC’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” says Jakob Thoisen. “Already now, we’re seeing the SDGs becoming a CSR focal point for companies in many industries, as well as a business opportunity, and it’s natural, therefore, that we get behind these efforts, too.”
 
Going forward, Palsgaard plans to introduce new activities enabling it to achieve CO2-neutrality at all production facilities by 2020. In Denmark, Malaysia, Mexico and the Netherlands and in other countries, the company will continue to identify greener energy alternatives, more sustainable sources of energy, and ways to further reduce water usage. RSPO-certified production capabilities will also be expanded in plant locations beyond Denmark. And in the workplace, 2016 is already seeing renewed focus on safe behaviours and preventative measures.

Palsgaard A/S

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Emulsifiers, stabilizers & know-how put to work

Palsgaard A/S, the inventor of the modern food emulsifier, was established in 1919 – and we still have our headquarters where it all began: in a 600-year old manor house complete with moat and surrounding park, forests and farmland. Proud traditions of quality and craftsmanship underlie today’s broad product range, which includes high-performing emulsifiers and stabilizers for margarine, bakery, dairy, ice cream, soy, confectionery and fine foods as well as functional agents for polymer applications. Emphasis is placed on effectiveness, innovation and strict food safety procedures.

Palsgaard has served the global food processing industry for decades and our continued ability to serve our customers is ensured by the company’s status as a self-owning foundation with significant financial assets, which allows the company to take a long-term view with focus on experience, credibility and thorough know-how of customers’ processes and challenges.

CSR is part of our DNA

Sustainability and the use of pure raw materials have been close to Palsgaard’s heart from the very beginning. This is reflected in our production facilities around the world, including state-of-the-art factories in Denmark, Malaysia, Netherlands, Mexico and China, and in our commitment to global initiatives such as RSPO-certified sustainable palm oil. By partnering with Palsgaard you’ll be able to meet your customers’ demands for a sustainable business model on palm oil sourcing. Our certified emulsifier factories are able to deliver up to RSPO SCCS SG certified emulsifiers for the food production area you may prefer.

Already in 1908, long before "Corporate Social Responsibility" was conceptualized; Palsgaard's founder Einar Viggo Schou emphasized the importance of acting responsibly and caringly towards the company's employees and families - and the importance of extending this responsibility to society. His principles have meant that Palsgaard has worked with CSR as a core activity for more than a century. We are active in over 100 countries, bringing with us a strong sense of responsibility to act in ways that benefit local and global environments and which are in line with our founding principles.

We've set an overall target of becoming CO2-neutral by 2020. That’s an ambitious target for a company with energy-intensive production processes, but it's just another of the ways in which we care for our world.

Share our know-how

An important cornerstone in Palsgaard’s business is our well-equipped Application Centers in Singapore, China, USA, Mexico, and Denmark. The centers cover all the major food application areas, offering a uniquely personal service where specific needs and preferences - and the realities of local markets – are in focus.

Typically, a Palsgaard application center comprises a fully equipped industrial facility where realistic industrial pilot tests can be carried out. This unique setup facilitates proper up-scaling and vastly increases the likelihood of success in the marketplace.

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