Sustell allows farmers to assess the full lifecycle impact of their production. Photo: DSM.

Accuracy of environmental assessment service confirmed by DNV

A lifecycle assessment service that allows agriculture and aquaculture producers to accurately assess the environmental footprint of their activities has been given the stamp of approval by Norwegian classification society DNV.

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The service, Sustell, is already used by some of the world’s largest egg, poultry, pork and dairy farmers, said Dutch science-based company Royal DSM, which markets the service.

And in January DSM signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Thai meat, seafood and feed producer Charoen Pokphand Foods (CP Foods) with an aim to measure and improve the environmental footprint of animal protein production through the use of Sustell.

CP Foods produces feed for various aquatic animals including shrimp, tilapia and catfish, and produces white shrimp (Vannamei) fry for shrimp farmers in Thailand, India, Vietnam, China, Malaysia and the Philippines, along with tilapia and catfish fry.

It also produces its own market-sized shrimp.

David Nickell, vice president sustainability and business solutions at DSM Animal Nutrition and Health, said: “Sustell offers unique value for our customers, and this certification further proves the robustness and integrity of our approach.”

Nico Irrgang, head of sustainability for Germany at DNV – Supply Chain and Product Assurance, said: “It is becoming increasingly important for companies not only to deliver products and services that they say are environmentally friendly and socially compliant throughout their lifecycle, but to provide hard evidence too.

Greater trust

“We are delighted to have helped DSM assure that its Sustell platform is in line with the ISO requirements (ISO 14040:2006 and 14044:2006), providing DSM’s customers with greater trust and allowing them to be better informed about how the services they use are aligned with their ESG strategies and corporate values.”

DSM’s business areas range from animal and human nutrition and health to personal care and aroma ingredients, pharmaceutical and biomedical solutions, food and beverages, protective materials and engineering materials.

Its shares ownership of algal oil producer Veramaris with German chemicals company Evonik. Veramaris runs a plant in Blair, Nebraska, US that produces omega-3 rich algal oil for use in salmon feed.