The 1st FEFAC Charter Progress Report on the road towards 2030 contains an overview of FEFAC activities and deliverables in relation to the five ambitions on how the European Feed Industry can contribute to the development of more sustainable livestock and aquaculture value chains. This kind of ‘progress reporting’ on FEFAC’s Feed Sustainability Charter 2030 will effectively be the preferred public annual reporting format in the road towards 2030. The public launch of the Charter in September 2020, providing in effect FEFAC’s response to the EU Green Deal Objectives and relevant UN SDGs, also initiated a series of webinars, including topics such as environmental footprinting, methane emissions from enteric digestion and animal nutrition strategies to enhance animal health & welfare.
A key milestone included in the 1st Charter Progress Report is the delivery of the upgraded FEFAC Soy Sourcing Guidelines in February 2021, which includes an operational solution to conversion-free soy sourcing. This was followed by the launch of the new FEFAC Soy Benchmarking Tool on ITC Standards Map on 9 June 2021, displaying the soy schemes and programmes that have currently passed the benchmarking process. The Charter Progress Report also includes a preliminary assessment on the use of non-human edible feed / non-food grade food ingredients by the European compound feed industry as well as providing for the first time EU-aggregate averages on feed conversion ratios for major farm animals and salmon.
FEFAC President Asbjørn Børsting: “I am very pleased with the contribution that the FEFAC Feed Sustainability Charter from September 2020 has made on stakeholder discussions about sustainable feed production, both at national and European level. With this Progress Report I hope we continue to inspire and make sure our sector is well-prepared for the coming years of intensive EU Farm to Fork Strategy discussions on the way forward towards more sustainable food production systems”.