Absortech’s new CO2 neutral container desiccants

Re-engineered components that use less and recycled plastic

Absorpole carbon neutral container desiccant shipments. photo Absortech

Absortech, in moisture damage prevention, announced on 25 January 2022, their carbon neutral range of container desiccants – AbsorGel Co2 Neutral, this line of desiccants replaces the previous AbsorGel products and offer customers a broad choice of Co2 neutral desiccants.

“In 2020, we launched the very first Co2 Neutral desiccant into the market – the  Absorpole Co2 Neutral. Now, we add a complete range of Co2 neutral container desiccants. We’re proud to have taken the sustainability leadership in our industry. Our offering, peace of moisture mind, coupled with the new Co2 neutral desiccant range will have a strong sustainability impact in supply chains, and we are prepared for fast commercial scaling”, says Rikard Kanmert, chief executive officer of Absortech Group. 

“The Co2 neutrality is definitely the main point in this launch, but we have also been working on improving other quality and environmental features. The Dual-dose-mixing system allows precise and automated filling of calcium chloride and starch into each desiccant. On top of that, we can now offer multiple packaging options to further reduce Co2 emissions”, says Joakim Carlsson, chief operating officer of Absortech Group. 

The only Co2 neutral desiccants on the market 

AbsorGel container desiccants are the only Co2 neutral desiccants available in the market. Their Co2 footprint has been third-party calculated by the independent Swedish Environmental Institute (IVL) and is available for each product. Our production is made based on a group-wide management system (ISO9001/14001) which guarantees quality and environmental responsibility for all products and services offered. 

Climate Compensation 

All unavoidable Co2 emissions related to the production and distribution of the new  AbsorRange have been calculated and compensated, an activity known as offsetting. Carlsson explains the concept, “Even if our products are now optimized to have a lower carbon footprint, some Co2 is generated along the product journey.  IVL has calculated the exact carbon footprint of each product so that we can compensate for every kilogram of Co2 generated in the sourcing and manufacturing process. This is done by  supporting sustainable development projects.” 

Absortech has chosen to support “Climate+” Gold Standard projects. These are projects that deliver benefits for climate protection, local communities, and ecosystems.  

Recycling and reusing parts – a circular economy solution 

Absortech has also developed the ‘Return-to-Reuse’ program. A circular system that allows the reuse of desiccant components in a sustainable way. The program offers pick-up points where customers return the used components. From there, Absortech arranges transport back to the  Falkenberg plant in Sweden, where they will be reused in the production of new products. Of course, these transports will be Co2 neutral. This pioneer concept allows companies to take part in a circular economy process and helps strengthen the sustainability of their supply chain and logistics process.  

Taking a continuous responsibility for the environment  

“We noticed that stakeholders, including consumers, are demanding companies to become sustainable, so we wanted to offer solutions that would help our customers achieve their sustainability goals. The Co2 neutral AbsorRange is an answer to that demand,” says Kanmert.

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