Mitigating climate changes with biosolutions

Novozymes’ customers saved 48,000,000 tons of CO2 in 2012, because they used enzymes instead of traditional processes in their production. In this way, Novozymes’ solutions help address the severe problems of climate changes and global warming.

In a world that will inevitably consume more and more energy, we need to build a society in which economic growth has been decoupled from resource consumption and CO2 emissions. Biotechnology might be the solution to this problem as indicated in a report by WWF in 2009. The report concludes that industrial biotechnology is overlooked in the fight against climate change and calculates that the potential is between 1 and 2.5 billion tons of greenhouse gas reduction per year by 2030. Find the report and learn more about our engagements with NGOs.

Helping our customers reduce their CO2 with enzymes

Industrial companies can save energy by using enzymes instead of traditional processes and in this way achieve significant CO2 emission reductions, thus mitigating climate change. The LCA method calculates the carbon footprint of a product by documenting the environmental impacts during the entire life of the product (from cradle to grave). 

CO2 savings within detergents

100 kg CO2
per ton of laundry

CO2 savings within animal feed

Animal feed:
80 kg CO2
per ton of feed 

CO2 savings within the textile indiustry

1100 kg CO2
per ton of fabric

CO2 savings within agriculture
15 kg CO2
per ton of corn
CO2 savings within beverage, brewing beer
25 kg CO2
per 1000 litre of beer
CO2 savings within paper making, pulp and paper
Paper making:
150 kg CO2
per ton of pulp
CO2 savings within vegetable oil, food and beverage
Vegetable oil:
40 kg CO2
per ton of oil
CO2 savings within cosmetics
190 kg CO2
per ton of fatty acid ester
CO2 savings within corn ethanol
Corn ethanol:
890 kg of CO2
per 1000 litre of ethanol
CO2 savings within cereals, food and beverage
110 kg CO2
per ton of bread
CO2 savings within the leather industry
100 kg CO2
per ton of hide
CO2 savings within corn stover ethanol
Corn stover ethanol:
1500 kg CO2
per litre of ethanol

Enzymes drive reductions in CO2 emissions across industries, but in particular these industries have great potential:

  • Fuel ethanol enzymes because they help save fossil fuels
  • Feed enzymes because they help save animal feed starch
  • Textile and brewing because they help save energy and raw materials in industrial production

See how much CO2 our customers have saved per industry by applying our enzymatic solutions, reduce carbon emissions and build green claims.  

How we reduce our own CO2 emissions at Novozymes

See how we make Novozymes more sustainable by reducing our own CO2 emissions. Learn here..