Reductions in energy requirements of products and services
Innovation is a key driver of sustainability at Symrise. In 2012, we introduced a process for recording, assessing and managing our sustainability performance in product development. Using specific indicators based on the concept of planetary boundaries, we assess how our products and projects contribute to sustainability. A key component for efficient processes and environmentally friendly products is our systematic application of the green chemistry approach: We are constantly refining our existing products while also concentrating on process redesigns and complete overhauls incorporating green chemistry and innovative technologies. For instance, part of our integrated approach to environmental protection can be found in our new catalysis laboratory where we optimize existing chemical processes in a targeted manner using innovative catalysis methods.
In addition, with our Product Sustainability Scorecard we devised a new assessment system that enables us to identify each product’s specific impact on sustainability based on ten criteria, for example, in terms of energy consumption, CO2 emissions or water usage. All steps are evaluated along the supply chain including the sourcing of raw materials. This way, we and our customers can steer product development with even greater precision and optimize the end product sustainably. Currently, we cover over 85 % of our global product volume this way, which allows us to compare the respective sustainability impact for over 1,250 base materials and approximately 2,000 raw materials. Our analysis and measurement methods were validated by an external assurance process and have been patented.
We are also continuously working in other areas on further optimizing our productsʼ sustainability performance. For instance, a key focus for developing improved flavor solutions is optimizing existing agriculturally and aquacultural based products. At the same time, we are successfully working on integrating suitable byproducts from agricultural, aquacultural or food production, thereby increasing added value. Here, biotechnological approaches and new physical separation technologies are also being tested. Typical examples include already existing products made from onions, for which the entire process chain has been reevaluated: from the choice of onion type to the agricultural cultivation to processing and waste reduction. Here, Symrise is working in partnership with public research institutes and highly specialized partner companies. This radical approach opens up game-changing opportunities. For instance, it eliminates byproducts, improves raw material efficiency and significantly reduces the carbon footprint of our products.