Innovation is a key driver of sustainability at Symrise. In 2012, we introduced a process for logging, assessing and managing our sustainability performance in product development. Using specific indicators based on the concept of planetary boundaries, we assess the contribution to sustainability of each and every product and project. A key component for efficient processes and environmentally friendly products is our systematic application of the green chemistry approach: We are constantly refining our existing products while also concentrating on process redesigns and complete overhauls incorporating green chemistry and innovative technologies. For instance, part of our integrated approach to environmental protection can be found in our new catalysis laboratory where we optimize existing chemical processes in a targeted manner using innovative catalysis methods. In 2015, we took our efforts in this area to a whole new level: We developed a new evaluation system that allows us to verify the specific sustainability impact of every product in terms of its energy use, CO2 emissions or water consumption. This way, we and our customers can steer product development with even greater precision and optimize the end product sustainably. Currently, 93.5 % of our global product volume in Fragrances is covered by this – allowing us to compare the respective sustainability impact for over 600 raw materials. Our analysis and measurement methods were validated by an external audit.
We are also continuously working in other areas on further optimizing our productsʼ sustainability performance. For instance, a key focus for developing improved flavor solutions is optimizing existing agriculturally based products. At the same time, we are successfully working on integrating suitable byproducts from agricultural or food production, thereby increasing added value. Here, biotechnological approaches and new physical separation technologies are also being tested. Typical examples include already existing products made from onions, for which the entire process chain has been reevaluated: from the choice of onion type to the agricultural cultivation to processing and waste reduction. Here, Symrise is working in partnership with public research institutes and highly specialized partner companies. This radical approach brings groundbreaking possibilities. For instance, it eliminates byproducts, improves raw material efficiency and significantly reduces the carbon footprint of our products.