Environmental sustainability

We constantly strive to develop, explore and implement measures to reduce the environmental impact of our products and to promote 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 biodegradable products are manufactured by fermentation of renewable raw materials. All of Jungbunzlauer’s products and by-products can be used, transported and disposed of in a secure and ecologically safe way.
At Jungbunzlauer we recognise that in pursuing our objectives to be the supplier of choice for our bio-based ingredients, we are responsible for exercising sustainable principles in all our manufacturing operations in order to ensure that our operations protect the availability of our natural resources and the quality of the surrounding environment. We are committed to implementing sound environmental management practices into all aspects of our business.
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, our key concerns focus on challenges such as CO2 emissions, energy consumption, water usage, waste generation and sustainable procurement, which give rise to opportunities for us to have a positive impact on our environment. 

Greenhouse gases

Greenhouse gases (GHG) are a major contributing factor towards global warming, a key challenge of the 21st century. For this reason, we continuously work to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of our production sites. Using state-of-the-art technologies, and advanced processes we steadily work to decrease the carbon footprint of our products. We have invested in power saving programmes that have resulted in a substantial reduction of energy consumption per production unit. Furthermore, back integration of our raw material production (glucose syrup) makes our supply chain more sustainable by reducing transportation and minimising energy use for production.

Core drivers

In order to keep track of our emissions and our efforts to reduce GHG, and to determine, evaluate and communicate the effect of our products on the climate, we committed ourselves to performing a regular assessment of our Corporate and Product Carbon Footprints. All our carbon footprint calculations are externally verified by myclimate, an independent non-profit organisation with profound expertise in life cycle inventory assessments.

Corporate Carbon Footprint

We have committed ourselves to the regular assessment of scope 1 and 2 CO2 emissions. These scopes include GHG emissions related to sources owned or controlled by the company and the electricity it consumes.
As a result of company-wide energy saving programmes, water-saving projects and improved production processes at our plants, limiting the waste streams, Jungbunzlauer managed to reduce its overall CO2 emissions intensity (mt CO2e/mt final product incl. by-products) by 14% between 2013 and 2017.

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.
Compared to the baseline year 2003 we have reduced the Product Carbon Footprint per tonne of final product in all our seven main product categories.

At our largest production facility in Austria, we succeeded in reducing the PCF CO2 emissions intensity of xanthan gum (XG) and citric acid anhydrous (CAA) by 50% and 47% respectively between 2003 and 2017. During the same period, we also managed to reduce the emissions intensity of CITROFOL®, our biodegradable plasticiser, by 37%.

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 reuse 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.
www.icca-chem.org/responsible-care

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)