Aller Aqua is to start showing the carbon footprint of its European-produced feed Photo: Aller AquaAller Aqua is to start showing the carbon footprint of its European-produced feed Photo: Aller Aqua

The Aller Aqua Group is taking the next step in its sustainability strategy by labelling fish feed produced at the company’s three EU factories with carbon footprint information.

During 2020 the company stopped using South American soya in its European factories and is instead using 100% regionally produced soya from Europe and surrounding countries.

Soya production in some South American countries is thought to be a cause of deforestation. ”This deforestation issue has been an increasing concern, not least during 2020, and as we had the opportunity and organisational setup to make the choice of eliminating South American soya from our European production – this is what we have done,” explained Aller Aqua’s chief procurement officer and group vice president, Henrik T. Halken.

Calculations by FiBL (Research Institute of Organic Agriculture) on behalf of the Donau Soja organisation show that CO2 emission from salmon feed can be reduced by as much as 41% by exchanging the South American soya.

During the first half of 2021 Aller Aqua will take the next step and begin labelling the feed. ”As far as I am aware, we are the first on the market to do this,” said Mr Halken. “We want to declare the CO2 value on all our feeds produced in the EU. We are convinced that our change from South American soya will show significant advantages in terms of a lower carbon footprint,” he added.

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