Despite increased activity and production, Danisco managed once again to reduce its CO2 emissions. With a reduction of 13% in CO2 emissions and an increased use of renewable energy at 3.6%, Danisco succeeded in using resources better in the past year and at the same time focused on their innovation platforms and product offerings toward a more sustainable future. These are just some of the conclusions included in Danisco's sustainability report for 2010/2011, “Focus – Ingredients for a Changing World”, published today. The report, Danisco’s tenth, achieves Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) application level A+ and covers performance during the Danisco May 2010 through April 2011 financial year.
The report chronicles how Danisco brings sustainable solutions to market by using nature’s own materials to design products that reduce impacts throughout the value chain. It focuses on the use of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to prioritize business direction and to leverage their products’ sustainability benefits in the categories of food, health, chemicals, and energy.
“As our own sustainability strategies have matured, so have those of many of our larger customers, who increasingly expect us to provide data demonstrating sustainability improvements for multiple environmental parameters,” said Danisco Vice President of Corporate Sustainability Jeffrey Hogue. “Our customers are also our partners and collaborators. We work to understand their aspirations so we can create and deliver products that not only meet their specific ingredient needs, but also address their sustainability commitments.”
Coming off of a banner year in 2009/10 where the company reduced water by 26%, energy by 18% and carbon dioxide emissions by 20% since 2007, Danisco continues to provide a new step change in their operational efficiency efforts. The company’s commitments to sourcing and sustainable solutions have driven new approaches and systematic improvements throughout the value chain.
Over the past year Danisco reduced CO2 emissions by almost 13%, increased renewable energy by 3.6% and reduced overall energy consumption by 0.4%, an incremental but important step toward the target of reducing energy use by 10% compared to revenue. Water consumption decreased by 2% compared to revenue with an increased focus on water scarcity risk in Danisco’s operations and main raw material sources. Danisco has also made progress toward supplier and raw material risk reduction, sustainable palm sourcing and processing, and has began several initiatives to embed sustainability thinking and direction into innovation and new product development.
“I am proud of these and other accomplishments, but recognize that our work is far from complete,” said Hogue. “As all of us at Danisco look ahead to our new place in DuPont, I’m most excited about the opportunity to align and integrate our stakeholder-oriented, value chain-driven approach with DuPont’s own leadership in sustainability.”
“Global challenges require holistic approaches – and at Danisco – we’re focused on the right things,” added Hogue. “The culmination of our sustainable innovation efforts are revealed in products that reduce refrigeration needs to save energy, concentrated cultures that reduce transport impacts, proprietary ingredients to support improved health and unique enzymes that revolutionise industrial cleaning and reduce water use or that pioneer a new generation of biofuels. Through these products and many others, we demonstrate our lasting commitment to addressing future challenges through innovative, sustainable solutions.”
On 19 May 2011, DuPont announced the successful completion of its tender offer for Danisco’s outstanding common stock. The acquisition not only establishes DuPont as a world leader in nutrition, health and industrial biosciences, but offers tremendous opportunities to drive sustainability throughout the combined organisation, support breakthrough innovation in products and deliver solutions for some of the world’s most pressing challenges. The 2010/11 Danisco sustainability report will be the company’s last. Future sustainability commitments and performance will be shared with stakeholders through DuPont’s communications and reporting activities.
Jeffrey Hogue, Vice President, Corporate Sustainability, Danisco