Message from our CEO

“From nature to ingredients®” encapsulates the vision of Jungbunzlauer. It expresses a direct link to the processes of nature. We replicate nature, without altering it, using non-GMO strains in our fermentations processes and renewable feedstock. The purpose is to manufacture ingredients that make it possible to improve products or processes to be healthier and safer for humans and the environment. Our input – our ingredients – re-enter the cycle of nature once used since they are all fully biodegradable.

Jungbunzlauer was founded in 1867 and enjoys a long-term, stable family ownership. It is built on the core values of responsibility, commitment, teamwork and excellence, which is a testimony to an approach of embedding the social, economic and environmental aspects into our actions and our way of thinking. Sustainability in the broadest meaning of the word is thus at the heart of what we do.

Manufacturing hundreds of thousand metric tons of products annually, consuming vast amounts of corn, operating large-scale fermentation processes requiring cooling, heating and drying obviously needs large amounts of energy and water. It is here our main challenge lies. In 2021 we committed to the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi) to drive our efforts and systematic approach to reduce climate gas emissions allowing us to meet our aspiration to become carbon neutral by 2050.

We are proud to consider ourselves a leading company at a global scale when measuring carbon efficiency per unit of products produced. Short, medium and long-term targets are set. Large investments in equipment, processes, biotechnology and much more are under execution and planning. Over 20% of our future capital investments focus on reducing energy and water consumption, electrifying processes, so that renewable energy can be used or by producing renewable energy ourselves. Ongoing investments cover huge heat pump installations and hot water energy storages, heat recovery systems and a photovoltaic facility. In December 2021, we approved new investments in rectification columns, electrically driven evaporation systems and other energy savings equipment to the magnitude of over 50 mEUR. This will bring us major savings in emission and water in the coming years and will bring us on track to meet the mid-term SBTi targets. We are also in the process of acquiring land in Austria to build a photovoltaic facility in the magnitude of 40 MWh peak capacity.

In 2021, our cross organisational Sustainability Team became operational with an increasing level of human resources. Sustainability has moved to the top of the agenda, i.e. in every board meeting, executive meeting and in the daily targets monitored at the operational level in the plants. The topic of sustainability is broken down to concrete measures and actions. We believe that it is the sum of many actions – internally and externally – that will allow us to meet our targets. We know some parts of the answers today but far from all.

The COVID-19 pandemic and more erratic weather patterns somehow brought the sustainability agenda to the next level of awareness amongst global stakeholders. From politicians to populations, from manufactures to consumers. In other words, all of us. At Jungbunzlauer this trend, combined with constrained global supply chains, strongly supported our strategy and value proposition. To be the reliable supplier and the most sustainable supplier by being physically close to our main markets. Servicing many essential industries – from pharmaceuticals over detergents to food – our relevance strongly grew in the eyes of our customers.

Embedded in this development is the sustainability agenda. Combining the most sustainable manufacturing setup with short supply chains from raw material over production to delivery at our customers is at the core of solving the problem.

Our commitment to engage, find more sustainable ways, invest in meeting these objectives is driving our vision and livelihood. This will benefit all stakeholders with whom we engage or influence. Our task is to operationalise things, to convert ideas and technology to real solutions internally to become more sustainable manufactures. Externally, we must continue to invest in knowledge, products and application work allowing our customers to provide more sustainable and biodegradable products reducing their use of harsh and non-renewable chemicals.

I hope this report in much more detail will provide you with a transparent picture of our tasks, challenges and initiatives to do our part of creating a truly sustainable world for future generations.

Bruno Tremblay