Environmental sustainability

We constantly strive to develop, explore and implement useful measures to reduce the environmental impact of our products and stimulate environmental sustainability. We foster communication and cooperation with business and industry partners in order to share experience, knowledge and innovations. We transform nature’s plants into useful products and efficient solutions for industries around the globe.

Our readily biodegradable and ecologically safe products are made through natural processes of fermentation based on renewable carbohydrate raw materials. All Jungbunzlauer products and by-products can be used, transported and disposed of in a secure and ecologically safe way. All our production sites adhere to the Responsible Care® programme, an initiative of the global chemical industry under which companies, through their national associations, work together to continuously improve their health, safety and environmental performance. Because of the global nature of our company and our many production sites our key concerns focus on energy consumption, gas emission, water and waste usage issues.

Greenhouse gases

Greenhouse gases (GHG) are a major contributing factor towards global warming. For this reason, we continuously work to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of our production sites. Using state-of-the-art technologies, back integration and advanced processes we steadily work to decrease the carbon footprint of our products as well. We have invested in power saving programmes that have resulted in a substantial reduction of energy consumption per production unit. Furthermore, our major raw materials are sourced either on site or from production sites near-by; thus, CO2 emissions generated by transportation are kept to a minimum.

Core drivers

To better monitor our Carbon Footprint emissions, we have decided to calculate our Product and Corporate Carbon Footprints in cooperation with an independent organisation, myclimate.

Corporate Carbon Footprint

We have committed ourselves to the regular assessment of scope 1 and 2. These scopes include GHG emissions related to sources owned or controlled by the company and the electricity it consumes.
Between 2003 and 2013, our overall production increased significantly stronger than the related CO2 emissions, hence we reduced our average Corporate Carbon Footprint per production unit by 19%.

Product Carbon Footprints

In addition, Jungbunzlauer opted for the calculation of Product Carbon Footprints in order to gain an in-depth understanding of the specific emissions related to the production of its final products or product groups.
Focusing our attention on the emissions related to our raw materials and the manufacturing of our products, we chose “cradle-to-gate” as our system boundary.
Thanks to our continuous efficiency improvements we emitted for example 46% less CO2 per ton of Xanthan in 2013 compared to 2003. During the same time, the carbon footprint of our citric acid decreased by 36%, and CITROFOL®, our biodegradable plasticiser, showed a decrease of 38%.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information concerning our carbon footprints.

Waste and water usage

Another serious area of concern is global water supply and purity. Not only is climate change threatening our water sources but an unsustainable use of water and industry-related water pollution is accelerating this process.

In order to counteract and prevent a worsening of this situation Jungbunzlauer invests in water-saving projects and is constantly seeking to improve these processes to maximise the re-use of water. We operate state-of-the-art wastewater treatment plants. Furthermore, we strive for an ongoing reduction of waste and for optimal recycling of waste-flows. Being readily biodegradable and ecologically safe our by-products can be used in construction and agriculture as well as in the manufacture of biogas.

Responsible Care®

Responsible Care® is the chemical industry's global voluntary initiative.The companies work together to continuously improve their health, safety and environmental performance, and to communicate with stakeholders about their products and processes.

Definition of carbon footprint

  • The total set of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions caused by an organisation, event or product
  • Measured by undertaking a GHG emission assessment
  • Expressed in terms of the amount of CO2e (CO2 and its equivalent of other GHGs)