Danish emulsifier/stabilizer specialist Palsgaard announced it has become the first industrial company in Mexico to achieve CO2-neutrality at its plant, located in San Luis Potosi, as part of a strategy to reach global zero-carbon footprint by the end of 2020.
Palsgaard‘s Mexican branch celebrated the milestone with a well-attended event held at the company’s facility. Guests included the Ambassador of Denmark to Mexico, Henrik Bramsen Hahn, Ulla Blatt Bendtsen from the Danish-Mexican Energy & Climate program and Yvette Salazar Torres from the Secretariat of Ecology and Environmental Management, as well as local politicians, customers, scholars and employees.
The announcement comes almost to the date of Palsgaard announcing in 2016 that it had achieved CO2-neutrality at the company’s headquarters and largest production site in Denmark, a reduction in CO2-emissions of 16,000 tons, corresponding to 4,200 households.
The road to CO2-neutrality
Palsgaard Mexico has been working actively to achieve its goal since 2012 when the company first began installing solar panels on the factory roofs. Today, the 400+ solar panels generate 95% of the electrical energy needed to run the factory.
Other projects, such as piping insulation, calorific energy recovery from steam condensates, reduction of energy consumption through LED lamps and by using natural light via translucent ceiling sheets have also helped reduce the factory’s emissions.
In 2016, the remaining CO2 emissions related to LPG Gas consumption and 5% of the electricity from non-renewable sources were compensated through the purchase of carbon off-sets through the provider MEXICO2. Deloitte has verified that Palsgaard Mexico thereby has achieved a zero-carbon footprint for 2016. In 2017, the company will continue working to diminish the CO2 emissions by improving the energy usage efficiency.
As it is, Mexico has a national target of having a 35 percent clean energy supply by 2024, so Palsgaard Mexico has not only reached the national target, but even better reached 100 percent CO2 neutrality eight years ahead of time.