PureCircle, a producer of stevia products, has announced that it has cut the carbon footprint of its products by 15% since last year and is now a quarter of the way to achieving its 2020 carbon footprint intensity goal.
PureCircle director of corporate sustainability, Ajay Chandran explains, “This is the third carbon footprint we’ve completed across our supply chain from farming to extraction and purification. The footprint reduction shows the rapid progress we’re making towards attaining our 2020 goals of carbon intensity reduction of 20 percent.”
The company has made this progress by using non-carbon intensive farming and processing practices, optimising production scale and developing innovative products. In the most recent fiscal year, the company sold enough stevia to enable the food and beverage industry to eliminate around 40,000 MT of greenhouse gas.
“The exciting thing is,” continues Chandran, “there’s a real impact when using PureCircle stevia in a product reformulation—say for instance a 30 percent reduced-calorie beverage. Based on BIER (Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable) industry research, natural caloric sweeteners are the second biggest driver of emissions outside of packaging. In a 30 percent reduced-calorie, naturally sweetened beverage, PureCircle stevia can have a carbon footprint one-quarter or less than benchmark sugar standards. Therefore using stevia to replace other natural caloric sweeteners has an impact not only on the carbon footprint but also the calorie footprint.”
Source: Sweets and snacks europe