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Aller Aqua can now declare CO2 equivalents on their feeds. Yesterday Aller Aqua went live and labelled their feeds with their respective co2 equivalent. This number is printed on labels on feeds from their Danish, German, and Polish factories. The rest of their factories will add this declaration to their labels in the near future.

Going live is the result of a long process. In January 2021 they announced that they would label their products with their co2 equivalent. In august 2021 they achieved verification to do so by bureau veritas. And now, they are proud to be the first fish feed company in the world to have a verified co2 equivalent on their feeds.

By now, most people are aware of the negative impacts of human production in terms of CO2 emission. Sir David Attenborough recently addressed the COP26 climate summit delegates. He opened his speech by stating that the number of total carbon emissions is the only number that matters now. Carbon emissions heavily influence global warming. The increasing CO2 emissions worldwide make it is evident that things must change.

Henrik T. Halken (Group Vice President, CPO/CCO) explains:

“It has been important for us to get this right, and to have a declaration that customers can relate to. We want to be transparent. We want to enable our customers to compare CO2 emissions between competing products. Therefore, we work with aquaculture stakeholders to create a standard across the sector. This is also why it was important for us to obtain verification before launching. Food and feeds already have many labels. We want to create value by ensuring that our chosen system is widely applicable. At the same time, it must be relevant for the end consumers. The CO2 equivalent calculated on all our feeds enables all that.”

The verified CO2 numbers are Aller Aqua’s baseline and ensure their focus on emissions. From here they can start making choices about their raw materials. Feed performance and price is their priority. However, when they can lower the CO2 equivalent without compromising on quality or increasing the price, they will. They took the first step by phasing out the use of South American soya for their European factories.

Displaying their CO2 equivalent is a way for Aller Aqua to be transparent, whilst the verification validates their methods and results. Consumers increasingly request transparency about the food they buy. In the aquaculture value chain, we should be ready to meet these requests. Aller Aqua are proud to be first movers and hope to start a dialogue about the impact of production in the sector.

The idea for declaring CO2 equivalents came from looking at trends in other food sectors. It also came from Aller Aqua’s wish to create transparency, and a desire to be ready with emission data when their customers need them to be.

Therefore, Aller Aqua have taken bold steps to get to where they are today:

1. They changed our procurement to exclude South American soya for their European factories: Aller Aqua phases out soy from South America (aller-aqua.com)

2. They declared that they would determine the CO2 equivalent of their feeds and display it on their products: South American Soya and CO2 (aller-aqua.com)

3. They achieved verification of their data by Bureau Veritas: Aller Aqua verified in CO2-labelling (aller-aqua.com)

4. They can now label feeds from their factories in Denmark, Germany, and Poland. The rest of their factories will follow in the foreseeable future.

They hope to start a dialogue about emissions, that will spark interest and awareness in the sector and beyond. They want to help develop the entire aquaculture sector in a continuously sustainable direction. They know that sustainability is much more complex than choosing a low emission feed. However, in the aquaculture sector, we must discuss the parameters of sustainability as the foundation for the choices we make – including CO2 emissions.