Tracking and reducing our emissions

Man-made greenhouse gases (GHG) are a major contributing factor towards global warming, a key challenge of the 21st century.  

The main source of Jungbunzlauer’s GHG emissions is our product manufacturing process. Our production process requires water and energy, which generates direct (scope 1) and indirect (scope 2) emissions1). In order to keep track of our emissions and our efforts to reduce GHG emissions, and to determine, evaluate and communicate the carbon footprint of our products, we committed ourselves to performing a regular assessment of our scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions2). Since 2014, we have calculated our Corporate Carbon Footprint (CCF) on an annual basis. In addition, we regularly assess the individual Product Carbon Footprints (PCFs) of our seven major product groups in order to gain an in-depth understanding of the specific emissions related to each product. These PCFs have been assessed every 5 years between 2003 and 2013. The assessment rate has been increased to 3 years, in order to monitor the emissions of our individual products more accurately. All our carbon footprint calculations are performed in accordance with ISO standard 14040/44, based on secondary data from Ecoinvent V2.2 and externally verified by “myclimate”, an independent non-profit organisation with extensive expertise in lifecycle assessments.

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An additional heat recovery project was implemented in our Canadian site to help reduce the used thermal energy.

Corporate Carbon Footprint

Reducing our GHG emissions

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 GHG emissions intensity3) (mt CO2e/mt final product incl. by-products) by 19% between 2013 and 2019. The slight rise in emission intensity from 2017 to 2018 can be attributed to a change in production mix with more energy-intensive products. However, we were able to reduce the emission intensity by 9% from 2018 to 2019 again. By implementing new technologies and measures, we still strive to further reduce our emissions. With this we will reduce the impact we have on the environment. This shows the importance of tracking and reviewing all data we gain through these measures, to be able to do the right things at the right time. That means not to lose focus on sustainability measures and creating awareness throughout the whole organisation.


Total CCF per mt of final product

incl. by-products and glucose

mt CO2e/mt

In accordance with the GHG Protocol, this includes all direct GHG emissions stemming from sources that are owned or controlled by Jungbunzlauer (scope 1) and indirect GHG emissions generated by purchased electricity consumed by Jungbunzlauer (scope 2).

Emissions are reported in CO2 equivalents. Included in the calculation are the following gases:
CO2, CH4, N2O, HFC-23, HFC-134a, and SF6.

Includes scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions; scope 3 emissions not included in CCF results.

Product carbon footprint

PCF assessment

It was decided in 2017, that we will assess our Product Carbon Footprints (PCFs) regularly every three years since changes in data between individual years are rather small. The last assessment was done in 2017, the next PCF assessment is scheduled for 2020.

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. 

PCF per mt of final product

mt CO2e/mt

System boundary: cradle-to-gate
Functional unit: 1 mt of product (dry substance), at factory gate
Impact assessment: Global Warming Potential (GWP), IPCC 2007, 100a
Data sources: primary data measured by Jungbunzlauer;
secondary data retrieved from Ecoinvent V2.2 (2010)
Allocation: economic allocation


Looking at our key challenges

Going forward, one of the key challenges will be to grow our capacity in many product areas and extend our offering while at the same time further reducing future emissions per tonne of product manufactured. To tackle this challenge Jungbunzlauer will continue to invest in state-of-the-art process technology, innovate for safer products and processes that conserve resources and provide enhanced value, seek opportunities to evaluate new environmental control technologies, and encourage employees to be active in protecting our environment. To underline the importance of our aspiration to further reduce GHG emissions, Jungbunzlauer has made a commitment to reduce its Corporate Carbon Footprint (CCF) emission intensity3) (mt CO2e/mt final product incl. by-products) by 10% between 2017 and 2025 (from 2017 levels).