Chr. Hansen is committed to creating more with less, both in its own operations and through solutions that enable customers to improve yield and efficiency. As a result, Chr. Hansen works systematically to reduce the environmental impact of its production and business processes as well as the application of its products.
In 2014/15, there was an improvement in the Company’s energy, water and CO2 performance indicators (EPIs) of 5%, 4% and 13%, respectively. The main contributing factors include the successful ramp-up of new fermentation capacity, further consolidation of the Company’s global production facilities, and targeted energy efficiency projects. As an example, Chr. Hansen’s partnership with the Danish energy company DONG Energy resulted in measurable energy and CO2 savings at the Company’s biggest production site in Copenhagen, with learnings since applied at other sites. With these improvements, the EPIs are back to the same level as the base year (2012/13) with further improvements needed to reach Company targets for 2019/20.
For more information, see “Tapping into the energy saving potential” in the CSR section of www.chr-hansen.com
Chr. Hansen improved its solid waste recycling rate from 25% to 28% during 2014/15, in part due to site-specific initiatives aimed at enabling better waste sorting. Additional steps were also taken to advance the conversion of liquid waste from Chr. Hansen’s fermentation processes into new value streams in collaboration with local industries, farmers and authorities. At Chr. Hansen’s production site in France, all fermentation waste is now recycled as biological fertilizer for local agriculture, following investments in local storage capacity. In Denmark, Chr. Hansen contributed to the establishment of a new biogas plant which will convert the liquid waste from its largest production location into clean energy and biological fertilizers to the benefit of local residents and farmers.
For more information, see “A new model for sustainable energy supplies” in the CSR section of www.chr-hansen.com
During 2015/16, Chr. Hansen will continue to focus on realizing efficiency gains from new investments. Strategic partnerships which can help deliver on Chr. Hansen’s operational and environmental objectives will likewise continue to be a focus, namely within renewable energy, energy efficiency and water consumption.