GNT reduces carbon emissions for plant-based EXBERRY colours

GNT has created flower meadows in its sourcing areas to promote biodiversity as part of the company’s sustainability work (Image: GNT)

GNT has achieved a 22% reduction in carbon intensity at its EXBERRY factories since 2020, according to the company’s latest sustainability report.

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 tons of CO2-equivalent emissions. This means that 22% less CO2 was emitted per ton of product sold compared to the base year of 2020, taking GNT almost halfway toward its goals of achieving a 50% reduction by 2030.

The new sustainability report also revealed progress in other areas. GNT aims to enhance water efficiency at its factories by 20%, and has already delivered a 13% improvement compared to 2020 levels. In addition, 74% of the farmers in the company’s supply chain attained a minimum of Farm Sustainability Assessment (FSA) Silver standard. The compliance rate for GNT’s policy on sustainable sourcing, meanwhile, increased from 70% to 90%.

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.

Rutger de Kort, sustainability manager at GNT, said: “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. 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.”