The opening of a new gas-fired power station as an intermediate step towards a fossil-free solution at its site in Beaudesert, Australia, and an investment in a new spray dryer in Minden, Germany, were two recent projects that fed into GELITA’s carbon reduction efforts. Dr Sven Abend, CEO of GELITA, said: “Sustainability is one of the biggest challenges of our time. GELITA is aiming for net zero carbon emissions by 2050 – an ambitious target that demands decisive and sustained action across the entire organization. We firmly believe that by integrating sustainability into every facet of our operation, we can be a more powerful agent of positive change.”
Besides its progress in cutting carbon emissions, between 2020 and 2022, GELITA reduced its water footprint per kilogram of product by 2.7% through improved water and wastewater management. At its factory in Pilsac-Léon, Mexico, for example, GELITA upgraded its wastewater treatment systems to exceed local environmental specifications. GELITA’s core business of valorizing food industry by-products is rooted in circular economy and waste minimization principles, and in recent years, GELITA has taken this approach to the next level. Initiatives such as the recycling of sewage sludge from its plant in Maringá, Brazil, for use as agricultural fertilizer have contributed to improved performance in this area. Between 2020 and 2022, GELITA recorded a 26.5% decrease in the amount of waste it sent for disposal as a result of separating valuable material flows.
GELITA’s sustainability report can be downloaded here: https://www.gelita.com/en/sustainability-report-2022