Palsgaard to showcase its carbon-neutral journey at FiE

By Gill Hyslop

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Palsgaard installed 840 solar panels at its Dutch production facility. Pic: Palsgaard
Palsgaard installed 840 solar panels at its Dutch production facility. Pic: Palsgaard

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The emulsifier specialist will be showcasing its net-zero approach at Food Ingredients Europe (FiE) to be held in Paris, France, from December 3-5.

Last year, Palsgaard tapped into growing consumer demand for sustainable food products, cutting net emissions from 12,029 tons in 2010 to zero in 2018.

In 2010, the company committed to becoming entirely carbon-neutral and embarked on a ten-year journey to eliminate its carbon footprint across all its global production sites.

According to Palsgaard CEO Jakob Thøisen, it not only achieved that goal two years ahead of schedule, but it is the only company in the emulsifier industry to have achieved this.

Palsgaard CEO Jakob Thoisen
Jakob Thøisen

“Climate change is now attracting widespread attention and the research shows that both consumers and retailers are increasingly demanding sustainable products,” ​he said.

According to research published by the International Trade Centre and the European Commission, 98% of food retailers in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain reported increased sales of sustainable products over the last five years.

In pursuit of neutrality

In 2015, Palsgaard’s largest site – in Denmark – was declared carbon-neutral after it reduced emissions by 16,000 tons. The company was also the first in the country to achieve CO2​-neutrality at its Mexican plant. Its plants in Brazil, China and Malaysia are also CO2​-neutral.

To achieve this, Palsgaard introduced heat recovery and insulation techniques; converted heavy fuel oil to biogas; and used renewable sources of energy such as wind and solar power. It also introduced its own straw-fired central heating systems in Denmark.

Palsgaard also claims to be the world’s only commercial source of fully sustainable emulsifiers based on RSPO SG-certified palm oil.

At FiE, the company will showcase its extensive range of specialized emulsifiers (and emulsifier/stabiliser systems) that can improve the quality and extend the shelf-life for bakery, dairy, confectionery, condiments and ice cream applications.

Its products can also help manufacturers produce better-for-you products with improved taste, mouthfeel and texture while using less resources.

All Palsgaard products are non-GMO, and meet halal and kosher requirements.

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