dsm-firmenich, Donau Soja team up to highlight the environmental impact of feed ingredients on animal protein

The partnership aims to create benefits for Donau Soja members to do more science-based calculations and bring transparency to the feed industry.

Credits: Donau Soja
February 27, 2024

dsm-firmenich and Donau Soja partnered to highlight the environmental footprint of animal feeds and feed ingredients using Sustell™, an LCA platform for the animal protein value chain.

The impact of eggs, meat, milk and farmed seafood on the environment greatly depends on what animals eat and how they use it. The ecological footprints of various raw materials and ingredients in the feed can vary enormously. Advanced life cycle assessment (LCA) platforms, such as Sustell™, enable the feed and animal protein sectors to precisely measure and improve their sustainability and unlock new sources of revenue.

David Nickell, vice president of Sustainability & Business Solutions at dsm-firmenich, Animal Nutrition & Health said, “our commitment to this partnership with Donau Soja will help empower businesses along the value chain to both improve and communicate the sustainability of their operations. Accurate, scalable and credible LCA measurement of a product's environmental impact from farm to fork is fundamental to unlocking multiple value opportunities such as eco-labeling initiatives of both food and feed, sustainable finance, adherence to the latest sustainability reporting requirements, as well as being a strong business diagnostic to understand where best practice is within the production process.”

Roughly one-third of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions come from food production, with 10-15% of this coming directly from livestock emissions. Companies along the food value chain are increasingly called upon to measure, report and reduce their environmental footprints because of their sustainability commitments, regulatory requirements, and consumer preferences.

Susanne Fromwald, senior advisor and program director at Donau Soja added that “animal feed accounts for 40-60% of the environmental footprint of eggs, meat, milk and farmed fish. Protein sources in animal feed, such as non-certified soybean meal from overseas or even Europe, can be major contributors to the overall greenhouse gas footprint. Donau Soja has conducted several science-based calculations with renowned institutes whose results show the carbon footprint reduction potential of using certified European soya. With Donau Soja certified non-GM sustainable conversion-free European feed, we could prove, for example, a reduction of 42% CO2 emissions per kilogram of pork. The partnership with dsm-firmenich using Sustell™ creates benefits for our Donau Soja members to do more science-based calculations and bring greater transparency to the feed and food industry that empowers more sustainable food production and consumption.”