New data: Rendered Animal By-products from the EU

For the last several months, the European Fat Processors and Renderers Association (EFPRA) has been finalizing its data-in project on rendered animal by-products within the European Union.

Rendering is the process that convert by-products from the meat and livestock industry into usable materials. In that way, rendering contributes to sustainability and European objectives to move to a circular economy by ensuring that animal products are reused for economic uses and, when safe to do so, re-enter the supply chain as feed, fuel and fertilizers. In Europe, 18 million tons of animal material is processed each year to make it safe and stable. Processed animal proteins (PAPs) are free from any specified risk material and the highest standards of hygiene and traceability ensure it is a safe, healthy animal feed. Learn more about EFPRA and rendered products here.

Twelve new datasets are available in the life cycle impact assessment (LCIA) format, and include animal fat and PAPs from various rendering processes. The system boundary includes the EU animal farming system (including feed production), slaughtering and rendering of animal by-products into these end-products. This new data is especially interesting in the context of the European Union’s forthcoming legislation on poultry and pig PAPs as non-ruminant animal feed.

The data is available for download from the GFLI website. When the GFLI database is updated this autumn, EFPRA’s datasets will be integrated into the GFLI database and will be available for download as part of the lifecycle inventory (LCI) and life cycle impact assessment (LCIA) formats.

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