Nutreco, global leader in animal nutrition and aquafeed, has joined the Global Feed LCA Institute (GFLI) to help advance its commitment to delivering sustainable nutritional solutions to livestock and aquaculture producers. Through this membership, Nutreco will support GFLI in their further development of the leading animal nutrition Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) database to allow meaningful environmental impact assessments of animal nutrition products and stimulate continuous improvement of environmental performance in the animal nutrition and food industry.
“Nutreco finds it important to actively support and contribute to the development of more and better LCA data,” said José Villalón, Nutreco’s Sustainability Director. “Joining GFLI will ultimately help us support the feed sector’s efforts to take a harmonized approach by aligning our efforts to promote credible tools that communicate embedded carbon and other environmental impacts in feed. This will enable our industry and their customers to compare apples-to-apples as we work to understand and reduce our environmental impacts.”
Nutreco and its two business lines, Skretting (aquaculture) and Trouw Nutrition (livestock feed) are committed to delivering sustainable nutritional solutions, in line with the company’s purpose of Feeding the Future. This begins with sustainable sourcing, focused on achieving the best results in animal health and farm productivity. The company has implemented an ambitious Sustainability Roadmap 2025 and is committed to science-based targets, in line with the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to well below 2°Celsius.
Marcel Görmer, Technical Lead Sustainability Metrics at Nutreco explains more about how incorporating LCA methodology is helping Nutreco to reach its sustainability ambitions: “In order to reduce your impact on the environment, you first need to understand the main drivers behind it. This goes far beyond our own production gates and, for example, needs to also take into account the footprint linked to our raw materials, stretching all the way back to the farms or mines where these primary raw materials are extracted.”
To this end, Nutreco has set up a footprint database that maps LCA metrics from quality-assured LCA databases with its own procurement data. GFLI is Nutreco’s main go-to data source for this high-quality data, which is aligned with most advanced LCA standards and practices, like the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) standard.
“Having reliable and standard compliant LCA data is absolutely key to making robust impact quantifications and, based on this, identifying the most meaningful and efficient actions to reduce our impact. It also enables us to provide our customers with the best and most trustworthy information on our products’ footprints,” continues Marcel.
GFLI welcomes Nutreco as a member. ‘’Supporting GFLI through membership allows us to continue our work towards the database, but also makes it possible for GFLI to respond proactively towards the developments in the sector and make meaningful improvements towards the quality and usability of the database. We hope the GFLI database can be a helpful source for the feed industry and their downstream partners. Great to have Nutreco as a member and see their work in mapping LCA metrics to further calculate with the GFLI database!’’ – Laura Nobel, Global Feed LCA Institute.
Every day, Nutreco’s 11,000 dedicated employees in more than 37 countries across the globe relentlessly pursue our purpose of Feeding the Future in a way that ensures sustainability is front and centre in all we do. Our solutions go beyond nutrition – we provide best-in-class advice and technology to help our customers produce more food, in a sustainable way, to feed our growing population.
At Nutreco, we bring over 100 years of experience and leadership through our globally respected business lines – Skretting for aquaculture and Trouw Nutrition for livestock and pets. As part of Trouw Nutrition, our feed additive brand, Selko, consists of feed additive solutions throughout the entire feed-to-food value chain. Our Nutreco Exploration team (NutEx) develops novel and proprietary ultra-specialties in the form of feed additives or functional feeds that raise the bar on how we tailor our solutions to meet customer needs through phytotechnology and microtechnology. Our NuFrontiers team continuously works to identify, develop and invest in next-generation breakthrough innovations throughout the value chain.