Corbion is expanding its production capacity to meet global demand for lactic acid while achieving Corbion's sustainability goals.
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Due to Corbion's investment in sustainable technology, the 40% capacity increase at its Blair, Nebraska, plant will come with no increase in the site’s total energy-related CO2 emissions. Upon completion of the project, the cradle-to-gate carbon footprint per ton of lactic acid produced at the Blair plant will be reduced by 9%. The plant is already powered by 100% renewable electricity.
Corbion’s previously announced plans for construction of new production facility in Thailand include the use of new circular production technology that will reduce cradle-to-gate CO2 emissions per ton of lactic acid by 20%, compared with conventional technology.
Diana Visser, Corbion’s senior director of sustainability said, “Growth is always exciting because it shows that we are meeting our customers' needs now, but that growth is truly sustainable only if it's achieved in a way that considers future needs, too. Our initiative at Blair demonstrates that it’s possible to produce substantially more without enlarging our energy-related carbon footprint. Ultimately, that’s an essential part of our ability to continue taking what we need from the planet while respecting its limitations.”
Visser added, “One reason future-focused impact investors are keeping an eye on Corbion is our commitment to growing our operations in a sustainable way. They can appreciate the alignment between what we’re doing to help our customers meet consumer needs, executing our Advance 2025 strategy, and fulfilling our purpose of championing preservation in all its forms."