Demand for livestock products is projected by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to grow 1.3% per annum until 2050. This growth places significant pressure on the livestock sector to perform in a more sustainable way.
Stakeholders across supply chains, including consumers want to know more information about how products are produced and what their environmental impact is. Currently, many different methods are used to assess sustainability aspects and often cause confusion and makes it difficult to compare results.
The Livestock Environmental Assessment and Performance (LEAP) Partnership hosted by FAO addresses the urgent need for a coordinated approach. LEAP’s therefore aims to develop clear, robust and internationally agreed guidelines for environmental performance assessment based on international best practices.
Barbara Nebel, PE INTERNATIONAL’s Managing Director for New Zealand and Australia, is part of the expert team nominated by the New Zealand Government who is a LEAP partner, to contribute to the in the current development of the LCA guidelines for Dairy and Meat products.
Draft guidelines for sheep and goat products, poultry and livestock feed systems have already been published here.