Danish food ingredients manufacturer Palsgaard A/S revealed on 1 April that it achieved CO2-neutrality at its Danish plant in 2015. The company also reconfirmed plans to achieve a zero carbon footprint in all production plants worldwide by 2020.

Palsgaard marked the milestone with a celebration on 1 April, held at its headquarters in Juelsminde, Denmark. Guests included government officials, local politicians, business people, press and scientists, the company said.

The CO2 neutrality was achieved by optimising energy consumption throughout the plant using heat recovery and insulation, converting from heavy fuel oil to biogas, lighting optimisation and through the use of certified wind power.

In addition, Palsgaard said it had established its own straw-fired central heating systems.

These steps allowed the company to achieve carbon neutrality in Denmark five years earlier than planned.

CO2 emissions in 2015 were reduced by 16,088 tonnes – the typical annual emissions of 4,200 Danish households.

Palsgaard has subsidiaries in 13 countries and a global sales representation.

Jakob Thøisen, CEO of Palsgaard A/S, said plants in the Netherlands, Mexico and Malaysia have already started similar processes in order to achieve global CO2-neutrality by 2020.