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DSM expands intelligent sustainability service to salmon farming

Bakkafrost was the development partner for the Sustell™ salmon module and is one of the first to utilize it to model and reduce the environmental footprint of their salmon farming operations.

DSM expands intelligent sustainability service to salmon farming
June 13, 2022

Royal DSM introduces its intelligent sustainability service Sustell™ to the aquaculture industry. Sustell™ delivers accurate, simple, and actionable farm-level solutions to improve the environmental footprint and profitability of animal protein production.

Increasing demand from retailers, consumers, investors and regulators for more sustainable animal protein means that producers need to show they have accurate, reliable and transparent methods to measure and credibly reduce the environmental footprint of farmed animal protein.

First introduced for terrestrial species in 2021, Sustell™ is the only environmental lifecycle assessment system with 3rd party, independent ISO certification by DNV and ISO assurance certified to ISO 14044/44.

Leading salmon producer and cooperation partner Bakkafrost, based in the Faroe Islands, was the development partner for the Sustell™ salmon module and is one of the first to utilize Sustell™ to model and reduce the environmental footprint of their salmon farming operations.

In extending the application of Sustell™ to aquaculture, DSM underlines its aim to drive a robust and achievable transformation toward sustainable animal protein production, evidenced by its Food System Commitments and We Make It Possible strategic initiative. By leveraging digital and data-driven solutions such as Sustell™, DSM helps the industry unlock the value of precision animal farming.

DSM has developed Sustell™ together with Blonk, a recognized independent expert and leader in Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) in food and agriculture. The Sustell™ service is built around a state-of-the-art Intelligence Platform that is connected to the Blonk APS-footprint tool, together with an expert center made up of a team of DSM and Blonk experts in LCA, animal nutrition, health and sustainability.

The Sustell™ expert center partners with customers, assessing the baseline environmental footprint of their animal production using their actual farm and feed data rather than industry averages and proxy data sets, and then developing case-specific intervention scenarios known as "what-if" models to make measurable sustainability improvements. In this way, Sustell™ combines an advanced, powerful sustainability calculation tool that utilizes real farm data, with expert knowledge, tailor-made, practical solutions and business development projects to unlock the value of sustainability.

David Nickell, VP Sustainability & Business Solutions DSM Animal Nutrition & Health, said “having real, credible and accurate data will unlock an entire set of opportunities for seafood producers and their value chain partners. We designed Sustell™ to simplify the complexity of measuring, validating and improving the environmental sustainability of animal protein transparently and scientifically, farm-by-farm, system-by-system. We put a strong emphasis on a robust and great user experience that enables our customers to gain powerful insights into their business and make considered, targeted contributions to improving the sustainability of their animal protein production. Through Sustell™ we make the invisible visible and unlock the value of sustainability.”

Regin Jacobsen, CEO Bakkafrost, said that “the collaboration with DSM underpins the commitment of both companies to significantly accelerate and future-proof sustainable salmon. With Sustell™, we will have access to science-based calculation and analysis of 19 different environmental categories for our operations. This will allow Bakkafrost to calculate, using real data from our feed production and farming sites, to model and then adopt interventions to reduce the environmental footprint of salmon farming.”

Louise Buttle, DSM lead for SustellTM Aquaculture, said that “DSM has been a leading partner of the aquaculture industry for decades, and firmly support the drive to more sustainable aquaculture. The launch of Sustell™ for salmon is an important milestone in this respect and represents our latest innovation in aquaculture. During the development of SustellTM, we recognize Bakkafrost as a frontrunner in the sustainable production of salmon and have had an excellent collaboration. We are excited to bring this to the market now and look forward to introducing the service to the wider seafood industry.”