GNT Reduces Carbon Emissions in Exberry Colour Production

Monday, April 8th, 2024

GNT has achieved a 22 percent reduction in carbon intensity at its Exberry factories since 2020, the company’s latest sustainability report shows.

GNT, which creates Exberry colours from non-GMO fruit, vegetables, and plants, has set out 17 ambitious targets to optimise its environmental and social impacts over the course of the current decade.

In 2023, GNT’s total carbon footprint at its production sites in the Netherlands, Germany, and USA stood at nearly 13 thousand metric tonnes of CO2-equivalent emissions. This means 22 percent less CO2 was emitted per tonne of product sold compared to the base year of 2020, taking GNT almost halfway toward its ambition to achieve a 50 percent reduction by 2030.

The new sustainability report reveals there was important progress in a number of other areas. GNT aims to enhance water efficiency at its factories by 20 percent and has already delivered a 13 percent improvement compared to 2020 levels.

In addition, 74 percent of the farmers in the company’s supply chain achieved a minimum of the Farm Sustainability Assessment (FSA) Silver standard. The compliance rate for GNT’s Policy on Sustainable Sourcing, meanwhile, increased from 70 percent to 90 percent.

GNT also secured an EcoVadis silver medal last year and remains the only food colour supplier to have published a third-party Greenhouse Gas Verification Statement.

“We are fully committed to leading the food colouring industry on sustainability. Our new report highlights the wide-ranging work we are doing, including increasing energy efficiency at our factories, training our farmers in sustainable agriculture, and sowing new flower meadows,” said Rutger de Kort, Sustainability Manager at GNT.

“We are delighted with the progress we are making on many of our key targets and continue to innovate to build a more sustainable future,” added Rutger.