We understand that investigating and reducing environmental
impact means looking at all stages of a product or process's life
from cradle to grave. That is why we use Life Cycle Assessment
(LCA) to assess environmental impacts, including the carbon
footprint of products and processes. This includes the impacts of
raw material extraction, processing, manufacture, distribution,
use, and disposal or recycling. We believe that by quantifying
sustainability information, we can better understand our resource
use and impacts and introduce sustainability parameters to support
our decision making process.
In Bakery Supplies we are working on carbon footprint reduction
in two ways. First, we are developing new processes which make
smarter use of natural resources. For example, innovative baking
processes enabling longer shelf life reduce impact in several ways.
Less bread is wasted, both on our customer and consumer side, and
distribution channels are optimized. Second, our operational
excellence programs are creating improvements and efficiencies that
promote sustainability, such as reducing energy usage, waste and
water. In addition, we are lowering our carbon footprint by
migrating to more sustainable packaging materials and developing
smarter packaging solutions.
For Purac, driving carbon footprint reduction is deeply linked
to the business strategy. Purac's products help to reduce CO2
emissions by lowering society's dependency on fossil fuels. Purac's
innovation program includes the development of new generation
biobased chemicals and the use of lactic acid and succinic acid as
potentially important platform chemicals to replace fossil fuel
based chemicals. In Purac, our focus is to deliver a reduction in
CO2 emissions through both our Poly Lactic Acid (PLA) proposition
and its gypsum free technology.
Purac is at the forefront in the development of products,
technologies and applications for biobased and biodegradable PLA.
We have expanded our capacity through a new 75,000 ton lactides
plant in Thailand. As lactide is a precursor for PLA based
polymers, this product delivers a more favorable CO2 footprint
compared to traditional oil-based polymers. For example,
bio-plastics produced based on lactide plant from this plant alone
translate to a CO2, reduction of more than 125,000 tons compared to
plastics based on Low Density Poly Ethylene (LDPE). Purac also
continues to advance its technology to produce lactic acid in a
gypsum free process. Purac is preparing to invest in this new
process to be able to produce on a substantial scale of 20,000 tons
capacity. This would mean a reduction in CO2 emission of 12,000
tons and a reduction of waste.