Sustainable farming starts with sustainable feed. Success in our sustainability programme is based on how BioMar deals with and resolves the sustainability challenges involved with obtaining raw materials from all over the world, processing the raw materials and creating and supplying high-quality products and services for our customers.
BETTER ANIMAL HEALTH, BETTER QUALITY FEED
The aquaculture industry has grown rapidly and it has not been without challenges. Development of better feeds and increased knowledge of operations, hygiene and nutritional needs have resulted in the proportion of fish that suffer health problems being substantially reduced. However, diseases continue to be one of the most important challenges for the industry.
OUR DEMAND ON SUPPLIERS
BioMar has a proactive procurement strategy for ensuring sustainable raw materials with environmental certification. We shall only use sustainable raw materials that can be traced back to their place of origin. BioMar performs regular assessments of the criteria necessary to ensure and document responsible procurement of raw materials.
FISH IS WHAT THEY EAT
QUALITY AND FOOD SAFETY PROVIDE GOOD FISH HEALTH AND GOOD FISH
Fish are also the result of what they eat. Correct feed is the key to fish farming, and salmon in particular is continuing to be seen as one of the world's most sought-after foods. Farmed salmon is a healthy and safe food, produced in a sustainable way. In 2015, BioMar fed fish formed part of almost 3.5 billion meals all over the world. Salmon accounted for about 70% of this.
The world's first gas-powered cargo ship was commissioned by BioMar in 2012. It delivers feed to our customers with minimal emissions of greenhouse gases. The emissions of NOx have been reduced by over 90 % and we aim for increasing the sustainability of our logistics by expanding our fleet of gas-powered cargo ships.
The transport sector is responsible for a substantial proportion of the world's emissions of NOx and CO2. The transition to gas-powered transportation produces reduced emissions of NOx. This in turn reduces the formation of ozone near the ground, which means less acid rain and fewer respiratory diseases.
Gas-powered transportation also reduces emissions of CO2 by around 25 % compared with traditional diesel engines. All BioMar's ships are equipped with pumps that transfer the feed from the ship to the facility without contact. This minimises the risk of transferring infectious diseases between different facilities.