A number of trade bodies from around the world have collaborated over the launch later this year of the Global Feed LCA Institute (GFLI), which aims to provide a freely accessible, transparent life cycle assessment (LCA) database of feed ingredients.
Participants include FEFAC, the federation for European compound feed manufacturers, along with AFIA from the US, ANAC from Canada and the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF).
The database will enable globally harmonised assessments and benchmarking of environmental footprint calculations of feed manufacturing. GFLI has established a formal partnership with the FAO and Livestock Environmental Assessment Performance (LEAP) to ensure that it complies with methodological requirements. The technical concept of GLFI has been designed to be compliant with the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) co-ordinated by the European Commission.
Nick Major, FEFAC chairman of the PEF pilot project on feed, comments: “As feed supply chains have international dimensions, it’s great to see synergies take place between global and regional activities. The PEF Pilot Project on feed we are working on in Europe can take advantage of the work on this global LCA database that is already being developed.”
Discussing the measurement of the environmental impact of animal products such as meat, milk and eggs, FEFAC president Ruud Tijssens comments: “Given the significant share of feed production in the environmental footprint of animal products, feed is also the key area where emission mitigation strategies can be developed. With the animal nutrition solutions we provide, in combination with resource efficient feed technology, the compound feed industry looks at drive towards measuring environmental performance with great confidence.
“The Europe-based project part of the GFLI is set to be ready by summer 2016, which is well in time for the PEF Pilot Project on Feed scheduled to be completed by the end of this year.”