The BioMar Group has just published a global report on sustainability, which outlines the company’s ambitious targets and shows its strong commitment over the years to developing sustainable and responsible solutions throughout its activities.
BioMar has been active in the development of the ASC standards for salmon and trout, and in the development of the IFFO RS standard, and actively collaborates with customers, suppliers, NGOs and other stakeholders in relation to sustainable supply.
\"This is the first time we have published a global report on sustainability, and with this we commit to increased public transparency in our activities, via annual disclosures in accordance with the GRI G4 framework\", said Carlos Diaz, CEO of the BioMar Group at the launch of the new report.
\"An essential part of our commitment is to minimize sustainability risks and support initiatives towards increased sustainability throughout the aquaculture value chain. We recognize that what we do in our operations, the performance of our products, and how we source our raw materials, all affect our customers\' options to improve the sustainability of their operations. The GRI report creates transparency about our actions both for our customers and other stakeholders\", explained Diaz.
\"Aquaculture will become one of the most important elements in establishing sufficient food production (in the future) and we have a great responsibility to ensure it happens in a sustainable way. Aquaculture must become a pioneering model for sustainable food production,\" he said.
He emphasized that the increasingly complex diets used in aquaculture allow the industry to grow and contribute to an improved sustainability profile, but also throw open challenges, as new ingredients must all be evaluated in terms of sustainability. \"It does not help if we replace scarce marine resources with ingredients that lead to deforestation. We need to make choices that do not just change the problem.”
BioMar has developed a unique Eco-Efficiency tool, which can be used to evaluate the sustainability profile of diets, and help fish producers to optimize their production towards increased sustainability.
\"We have set ourselves some ambitious targets such as a reduction of CO₂-emission from our production by 20 % per ton of feed produced. However, the largest environmental impact comes from the production of the feed ingredients, eg through the consumption of water or the utilization of scarce resources. Therefore we want to allow our customers to take informed choices when it comes to selecting fish feed, and our own goal is to make eco-efficiency an essential criterion in everything we do,\" he concluded.
The report can be downloaded from BioMar\'s sustainability portal www.biosustain.world.