DuPont Nutrition & Health has confirmed its switch to 100% certified sustainable palm oil and palm oil derivatives for its Global emulsifier production.
The company’s initiative follows the launch of what were reportedly the first palm oil emulsifiers from mass balance supply chain in 2009 that had been certified by Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). From there, the first emulsifiers made with RSPO-certified segregated palm oil then joined the DuPont Danisco range two years later.
DuPont’s latest development means the remainder of its global range of palm-based emulsifiers is now based on RSPO-certified sustainable palm oil and derivatives, which promotes the production of palm oil with greater consideration of its environmental and social impacts.
Brenda Kelly, business director, DuPont Nutrition & Health explains the motivation behind this move. She said: “At DuPont, we are committed to reducing the environmental impact from all of our raw materials, operations and final products. As such, it is clearly critical that we start by obtaining our raw materials with recognized, sustainable certification.”
In addition, DuPont recently strengthened its sustainable footprint for emulsifiers by converting to woodchips at its Grindsted facility, Denmark, which is one of the world's largest industry plants within its sector. The change means a reduction of 45,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually, equivalent to removing 20,000 average Danish cars from the road for a year.
According to the company, it had initially intended to convert all of its palm-based raw materials to certified sources by the end of 2015, but the transition had been delayed by insufficient market demand and a shortage of certain certified palm oil derivatives.
RSPO Book & Claim certificates (which are issued for every tonne of sustainable oil produced) now allow DuPont to fill the gap until conversion to physical supplies can happen. "Through the Book and Claim system, the intention is to support the growth of sustainable palm oil production over time," added Kelly of its environmental policy.
The company confirmed it will encourage its stakeholders to work towards replacing Book & Claim volumes with certified sustainable palm oil from physical supply chains such as Mass Balance, Segregated and Identify Preserved palm oil and derivatives.
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