Reducing emissions from livestock

Creating a low-emissions future for animal farming

Animal farming accounts for 14.5% of all human-derived greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This figure needs to be rapidly reduced to help limit the rise in global temperatures to 1.5ºC by 2050.

Methane naturally produced by cows is the major source of GHG emissions in agriculture, followed by the indirect and direct emissions of feed production, and methane and nitrous oxide emissions from manure.

Animal farming has to reduce the emissions it produces, cutting levels of methane and nitrous oxide and reducing ammonia emissions, which lead to eutrophication on land and subsequent biodiversity loss. We have to think in terms of a low-emissions future for animal farming.

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Reduced emissions, sustainable food

Feed represents approximately 60% of production costs and typically contributes 80% of the footprint of animal production. Improving feed digestibility and reducing feed conversion ratio is one of the major levers of sustainable animal production.

In addition to lessening the strain on land use, this approach reduces the indirect GHG emissions associated with animal production (emissions associated with the crops grown for feed production).

Feed enzymes improve feed digestibility. By unlocking the nutrient potential of feed raw materials, we can get more out of less feed. This hugely reduces the environmental impact of animal production, especially with regard to GHG emissions and nitrogen and phosphorus levels in manure and subsequent release to the environment.

Our innovative feed additives portfolio includes novel technologies like Bovaer® that significantly reduce methane emissions from cows, and solutions that help extract more nutrition from less feed while reducing the flow of nitrogen and phosphorus to the environment – key issues with regards to land and water eutrophication and biodiversity loss.

Sustainable Development Goals

We’re so convinced of the value of doing well by doing good that our strategy is aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) outlined by the United Nations in 2015. We’re contributing to all 17 SDGS, but we strive to deliver on five in particular:

Feed Talks & Stories

Discover through our Feed Talks articles, our customers stories and our employee blogs how we use science to develop innovative, cutting-edge technologies that will help transform the animal farming industry.

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