Measuring our greenhouse gas emissions and that of the sector, specifically in the supply of raw materials, in our inbound chain and through feed consumption on the farm, is a challenge. The problem lies mainly in measuring in a comparable and consistent way. Without reliable data, it is difficult to monitor progress. ForFarmers is actively working as a pioneer in the sector to take steps in this direction. We are involved in European and international initiatives aimed at developing a harmonised methodology for calculating the environmental impact of feed production delivered to livestock farmers.
In 2018 the European Commission published the PEFCR for Feed for Food-Producing Animals as part of the Product Environmental Footprint Category Rules (PEFCR). Furthermore, in 2018 the Global Feed LCA Institute, an independent initiative of the feed industry, launched a free and open-access database of Feed Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) for feed materials. ForFarmers can use this data and tools to calculate the emissions associated with raw materials, and make this information available to customers and other stakeholders if there is a market incentive to do so.