dsm-firmenich and Donau Soja team up to highlight the environmental impact of feed ingredients on animal protein with Sustell™

dsm-firmenich, the leading innovator in health, nutrition, and beauty, and Donau Soja, an international non-profit organisation supporting sustainable European soya, are proud to announce their partnership to highlight the environmental footprint of animal feeds and feed ingredients using Sustell™, the leading 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-labelling 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 production1, 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 Programme Director at Donau Soja adds: “Animal feed accounts for 40 to 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 pork. The partnership with dsm-firmenich, using SustellTM 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.”

To learn more about how Donau Soja members can utilise Sustell™ visit the following link – Unlocking sustainability opportunities - dsm-firmenich | Self-presentation - Donau Soja

1Crippa, M., Solazzo, E., Guizzardi, D. et al. Food systems are responsible for a third of global anthropogenic GHG emissions. Nature Food (2021).

About dsm-firmenich

As innovators in nutrition, health, and beauty, dsm-firmenich reinvents, manufactures, and combines vital nutrients, flavors, and fragrances for the world’s growing population to thrive. With our comprehensive range of solutions, with natural and renewable ingredients and renowned science and technology capabilities, we work to create what is essential for life, desirable for consumers, and more sustainable for the planet. dsm-firmenich is a Swiss-Dutch company, listed on the Euronext Amsterdam, with operations in almost 60 countries and revenues of more than €12 billion. With a diverse, worldwide team of nearly 30,000 employees, we bring progress to life™ every day, everywhere, for billions of people.

About Sustell™

Sustell™ is the leading LCA software platform providing the food value chain a credible, science-based approach using primary farm and feed data to measure the environmental footprint of farm animals and map a course for a greener future.

Backed by robust methodology, ISO certification and seamless interoperability, Sustell™ is the leading life cycle assessment solution for sustainable animal protein. Utilizing an industry leading user experience, the user can update their own data any time, without the need for LCA experts or consultants, saving time and money while still calculating their environmental footprint in a credible way.

About Donau Soja

Donau Soja is a non-profit, independent association who supports its partners and members in progressing change to address social, environmental, and economic challenges in soya, legumes and protein production and consumption. This will increase efficiency, fairness and sustainability in European food and feed protein value chains.

Published on

20 February 2024


  • Press release
  • Sustell™
  • Sustainability

Media Contact

Media contact for dsm-firmenich: Ryan Hines
Media contact for Donau Soja: Franko Petri
KWT Global (for dsm-firmenich): Cameron Pope


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