HOWTIAN completes life cycle assessment for stevia product line

HOWTIAN’s life cycle assessment results aligns with the company’s sustainability focus

HOWTIAN has completed a comprehensive life cycle assessment of its stevia product lines. The study was conducted by the Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS), which examined key measures of environmental impact including carbon and water footprint. The study’s results demonstrated HOWTIAN as attaining results better than the performance of conventional sugar.

In response to consumer demand in recent years, the FMCG sector has adopted stringent standards of sustainability, particularly in the selection and sourcing process of ingredients for food & beverage products. Consequently, ingredient manufacturers have been assessing their products’ environmental impact.

Tom Fuzer, vice-president of market strategy at HOWTIAN, stated, “With the CO2 footprint of stevia typically less than a quarter than that of sugar, stevia producers have eager to raise industry awareness that the popular plant-based sweetener is one of the most environmentally friendly solutions available.”

HOWTIAN undertook a life cycle assessment of its Rebaudioside A 97 stevia. The assessment showed that HOWTIAN’s Reb A outperforms traditional sugar in sustainability metrics while establishing industry standards for key environmental performance indicators.

For its analysis, SGS determined the environmental footprint from the producing and processing HOWTIAN’s Reb A 97, in order to generate the equivalent sweetness of one metric ton of white sugar. When these results were compared to the metrics for cane sugar, the study found that HOWTIAN attained:

  • 78% reduction in CO2 emissions compared to cane sugar
  • 77% reduction in water usage
  • 94% reduction in agricultural land usage

“We are delighted with the outstanding results of our sustainability efforts. They are a testament to the success of our dedicated sustainability programme, a programme we started in 2017 to develop high-yielding plant variants and invest in energy and water-efficient extraction technologies,” Fuzer added. “This only further strengthens our ambition to set and continuously improve the marketplace standard in sustainability for stevia and the broader sweetener industry.”