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Domino Sugar Pilots Carbon-Neutral Label

carbonfree-logo2Domino Foods is launching a line of sugar that is certified by CarbonFund as “CarbonFree.”

Domino’s sugar manufacturing is powered by the firm’s own renewable energy facility, which uses sugar cane fiber and recycled urban wood waste to generate clean energy. The facility also provides electricity for tens of thousands of homes, according to a press release. Domino states that its facility, because it doesn’t rely on fossil fuels, eliminates hundreds of thousands of tons of carbon dioxide annually, an amount equivalent to the emissions from 53,000 cars.

Using this manufacturing process, Domino was able to qualify for the CarbonFree label, according to the release.

According to MediaPost, Domino is for now marketing the product only in Florida and Georgia.

Here is a video of Domino’s television commercial for the product.

Domino Foods also markets Florida Crystals, a natural/organic sugar product line that also achieved carbon-neutral certification.The Florida Crystals brand has been tied to efforts to conserve the Florida Everglades.

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4 thoughts on “Domino Sugar Pilots Carbon-Neutral Label

  1. You still are burning cane fields producing and releasing very large amounts of carbon dioxide into our enviorment. please answer how you are farming cane without burning the field before harvisting?

  2. Using cane fiber and wood waste as fuel may eliminate the need for fossil fuels, and thus legally qualify for the “CarbonFree” classification; but that combustion of biomass still produces CO2, whatever the fuel.
    It may be a good PR move, but it is scientific sleight-of-hand. I give Domino credit for at least keeping the topic in front of the public, but not for any realistic reduction of CO2 emission.

  3. In response to the criticisms: burning biomass doesn’t increase CO2 in the atmosphere if that biomass is then replaced by the same amount of biomass. Yes, they burn the cane, but then they regrow it – the net effect on atmospheric CO2 is zero. This is the fundamental point about renewable energy.

    If they take the biomass they are burning and use that to create electricity, then they’ve prevented coal from being used to create electricity. That is a reduction in CO2 emission over what would happen if they did nothing.

    Frankly, if I have a choice (and I do) of buying sugar from a company whose existence does not increase CO2 or from a company whose existence does increase it, I’ll choose the one that is carbon-neutral.

  4. Sorry, to the person who thinks planting a biomass equal to what was burned, negates the CO2 created when the burning was done. It just does NOT work like that. Creative, wishful thinking is not the same as scientific fact. This company still uses trucks to deliver, machines to harvest, etc. The amount of carbon reduction is very small. This is a paid for PR stunt/ad and nothing more. Sorry, to burst your bubble with the truth.

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