Royal DSM reduces CO2 emissions by switching to biomass

Dutch health and nutrition company Royal DSM has reduced carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from its vitamin production facility in Sisseln, Switzerland, after switching to biomass.

The power plant, which will be operated and maintained by energy company Engie and Swiss energy provider ewz, will save 50,000 tons per year of CO2 emissions.

The facility produces DSM’s Vitamin A and E products (Quali®-A and Quali®-E) for customers around the world.

According to the company, the biomass power plant will supply steam to both the DSM facility and other non-DSM production sites. The electricity generated will be fed into the public grid in Switzerland.

The plant will generate 267 GWh of steam and 42 GWh of electricity per year, which will enable it to operate as one of Switzerland’s largest biomass power plants.

“Our site in Sisseln in Switzerland is considered the largest vitamin manufacturing site in the world,” said Chris Goppelsroeder, president and CEO of DSM Nutritional Products. “We are successfully competing globally thanks to our technology, our well-trained employees and the political stability this country provides. This investment in sustainability further enhances the site’s profile by significantly reducing our CO2 footprint – a key priority for DSM.”

The initiative is part of DSM’s drive to reduce emissions across all its operations and in the product value chain.

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