Biomin Recognised for Environmental Management

AUSTRIA - Animal health and nutrition company, Biomin, was recently recognised for its efforts related to environmental sustainability through the award of the internationally recognised ISO 14040 certification.
calendar icon 12 October 2011
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The climate change and greenhouse gases debate urgently needs solid, scientific data and Biomin is proud to be able to play its part.

The company's Director for Innovation Management, Franz Waxenecker commented: "Biomin is totally committed to fully understanding the life cycle assessment of its individual business processes in the area of environmental sustainability."

Interest in carbon dioxide emissions continues to grow, and all stages of the production chain – from feed manufacture and animal husbandry to slaughter, processing and retail – are now under increasing pressure. To foster a deeper and more accurate understanding of livestock production’s contribution, Biomin has scrutinised its own processes, so gaining ISO accreditation.

As a starting point, Biomin looked at 'global warming potential', particularly carbon dioxide equivalents. Taking into account the climate relevant gases carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide, Biomin identified how much a product group, or particular animal group, contributed to the greenhouse effect.

Adopting a 'cradle-to-grave' approach, Biomin focused on two main areas. 'Cradle-to-gate' analysis looked at carbon dioxide emissions at all stages, from the technical and biotechnological processes during raw material production through to completion and delivery of its products. Thorough assessment revealed that some 70 per cent of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions came from the raw material production itself. In addition, core indicators for water efficiency, energy efficiency, waste and land use were monitored.

The 'gate-to-grave' assessment evaluated the performance enhancing effects of Biomin products in animals and associated reductions in carbon dioxide equivalent emissions.

By optimising feed use and improving animal performance, it is possible to reduce emissions from livestock operations. For example, studies have shown that one tonne of carbon dioxide invested in a Biomin product reduced carbon dioxide equivalent emissions in broiler production by up to 128 tonnes.

"It has become obvious that the ecological footprint of livestock production can be significantly improved, and we are pleased that Biomin's contribution to the debate has been recognised through certification," added Mr Waxenecker.

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