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Reducing resource use

Over the full value chain

Reducing resource use has long been a priority at DSM, and the broader adaptation of the Circular Economy is an acknowledgment of this ambition.
Food and packaging waste

Our aim of reducing resource usage applies not only to our own manufacturing processes, but also those of our customers, our suppliers and end-consumers. DSM conducts life-cycle analysis of our products and solutions to gain insight into resource use over the full value chain.

Our performance

DSM has reduced its own land-filling of non-hazardous waste by 67% since 2010. Our current aim is that 80-90% of all non-hazardous waste will be recycled by 2020.

Furthermore DSM reduced its energy use by 19% between 2010-2015 and is now committed to sourcing at least 50% of its electricity from renewables by 2025.


Cut stabilization time, keep beer same quality

Brewers Clarex®

Today’s brewer looks to maximize brewing capacity, speed up the brewing process, reduce waste and beer losses, improve consistency and do all of this whilst delivering the same high quality, stable, clear beer. A unique patented enzyme called Brewers Clarex® eliminates the costly and environmentally damaging cold stabilization process, enabling brew masters all over the world to meet these targets and stay true to the craft.

Column-type Electronic Power Steering System

Arnite® XT

The simplest way to cut a vehicle's fuel consumption and CO2 emissions is to make it lighter, and by replacing metals with DSM's next-generation engineering plastics, it’s possible to reduce weight of many vehicle components by up to 50%. Using Arnite® XT in a vehicle's electronic power steering system does precisely that, as well as reducing manufacturing costs by 10-40%. The carbon footprint is reduced by 40% compared to aluminum housings over a complete life cycle.

Cheese ripening in Pack-Age®


Pack-Age® reduces waste, cost and environmental impact. Compared to conventionally coated and ripened cheese, customers see yield improvements of between 5-10% thanks a combination of reduced moisture loss, lower wastage and reduced milk use. Pack-Age also lowers the carbon footprint of sliced cheese by up to 10%, so if all hard to semi hard cheese was ripened using Pack-Age, the GHG emissions avoided would be equivalent to the average annual carbon footprint of 500,000 Western Europeans.