USA – Kemin Industries, a global ingredient manufacturer, has become the first feed additive producer to secure a Global Feed LCA Institute (GFLI)-compliant branded life cycle assessment (LCA) for its feed additives in a pioneering pilot.

The LCA methodology assesses the environmental impacts associated with all stages of a product’s life cycle. These assessments are crucial for enhancing sustainability in the animal feed industry by providing insights into how additives influence the environment.

This knowledge helps manufacturers, suppliers, and customers make informed decisions to achieve their sustainability objectives.

Kemin’s Animal Nutrition and Health – EMENA (Europe, Middle East, North Africa) business unit conducted LCAs for a suite of feed industry products, including KESSENT MF Liquid, LysiGEM, KEM WET AMP Liquid, Sal CURB BR Liquid, and Myco CURB ES Liquid.

The aim is to offer verified LCAs for all major products to assist customers in their sustainability efforts by enabling decisions that reduce environmental impact.

As a provider of key ingredients, we dedicate our time to exploring ways to make safer, more sustainable products that serve the changing needs of our world,” said Dr. Stefaan van Dyck, Group President – Animal Nutrition and Health, Kemin Industries, and Chairman of the Board for GFLI. “At Kemin, our curiosity motivates us to play a role in solving current challenges, and our commitment to sustainability helps us transform today into a better tomorrow.

Kemin emphasizes that determining the lifecycle impact of its products to meet the highest standards is crucial for ensuring customers receive accurate information.

The branded, validated LCAs allow Kemin to analyze and communicate the environmental impact of its products based on primary data sourced directly from the manufacturing process, ensuring accuracy over-approximation.

Laura Nobel, Manager at GFLI, explained the significance of the branded data pilot- “The GFLI-branded data pilot was launched to consider a harmonized methodology for inclusion of company-specific LCA values for key feed ingredients and cater to the upcoming regulations and needs of feed companies for high-quality, primary-sourced data.

Dr. van Dyck highlighted the importance of this achievement, saying, “Branded, feed-additive LCAs are a significant achievement for Kemin and GFLI. As an active member of the organization, Kemin contributes to a global database, which ensures stakeholders can make sustainable decisions.”

The branded LCAs executed by Kemin Animal Nutrition and Health – EMENA in partnership with GFLI are the first in a planned series demonstrating the company’s commitment to sustainability.

GFLI provides the methodology and a database of over 1,800 LCA datasets for major feed ingredients globally.

This branded pilot introduced the use of branded data, which will increase the utilization of primary data, enhancing the accuracy and reliability of environmental impact assessments.

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