DSM Launches Salmon Aquaculture Life Cycle Assessment System


Sustell was first introduced for terrestrial species in 2021, but DSM has now developed a salmon version, following a project with the Faroese salmon producer Bakkafrostwho are now using the system to model and reduce the environmental footprint of their salmon farms.

“Collaborating with DSM reinforces both companies’ commitment to dramatically accelerate and sustain sustainable salmon. With Sustell, we will have access to scientific calculations and analyzes of 19 different environmental categories for our operations. This will allow Bakkafrost to calculate, using real data from our feed and livestock production sites, model and then adopt interventions to reduce the environmental footprint of salmon farming,” said Regin Jacobsen. , CEO of Bakkafrost, in a press release.

DSM developed Sustell in collaboration with Blonk, an independent expert and leader in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) in food and agriculture.

According to DSM, the system allows customers to establish the baseline environmental footprint of their animal production using their actual farm and feed data rather than industry averages and data sets. and then develop case-specific intervention scenarios known as “what-if” models. to make measurable improvements in sustainability.

David Nickell, Vice President of Sustainability and Business Solutions at DSM Animal Nutrition and Health, said, “Having real, credible and accurate data will unlock a whole host of opportunities for seafood producers and their partners in the value chain. We designed Sustell to simplify the complexity of measuring, validating and improving the environmental sustainability of animal protein in a transparent and scientific way, farm by farm, system by system. We place a strong emphasis on a robust and exceptional user experience that enables our customers to gain deep insights into their business and make thoughtful and targeted contributions to improving the sustainability of their animal protein production. Thanks to Sustell, we make the invisible visible and unlock the value of sustainability.

Hans Blonk, CEO of Blonk Consultants & Blonk Sustainability Tools, added: “Fish plays an essential role in a sustainable diet. More and more fish come from aquaculture. Therefore, we are very pleased with the launch of Sustell for salmon and support producers in the continuous improvement of the environmental performance of aquaculture systems worldwide.

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