DuPont reaches 100% certified sustainable palm oil emulsifiers

DuPont Nutrition & Health has completed its switch to 100% certified sustainable palm oil and palm oil derivatives used in its Global emulsifier production. The achievement is the latest milestone since the company pioneered the introduction of sustainable palm oil emulsifiers in 2009.

Following the 2009 launch of the world’s first palm oil emulsifiers from Mass Balance supply chain certified by Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), the first emulsifiers made with RSPO-certified Segregated palm oil joined the DuPont Danisco range in 2011.

The new development means that the remainder of the company’s entire 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.

“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 announced a strengthening of its sustainable footprint for emulsifiers by converting to woodchips at its Grindsted facility, Denmark, which is one of the world’s largest emulsifier plants. 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.

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