Fishing for opportunities: Consumers now know that the choices they make can have a direct impact on the environment: moving to a pescatarian diet for instance can reduce CO2 emissions by as much as 9%.9 And the world’s largest salmon farmer Mowi is keen on spreading the word. A responsible farmer, they are also pushing the sustainability agenda by providing a product that is not only better for the environment, but also healthier compared to other animal protein. But like any industry, fishing has its fair share of challenges. Notwithstanding the impact of climate change, which is causing water temperatures to rise and oxygen levels in the ocean to fall, the industry has also contributed to overfishing: an outrageous 20% of all fish caught in the wild is being used as feed…for farmed fish.10 As the largest cost component for farmers, fish feed is one of the most unsustainable and wasteful practices. But again, with challenges come opportunities. Ingredient company DSM has developed Veramaris®, a zero-waste algae oil which provides the first viable alternative to fish oil using fermentation and algae as a basis. This helps to address an important sustainability challenge, whilst providing a rich nutrient that boosts omega-3 content in farmed fish.
Waste not: Increasing food shelf life is one of the ways to tackle the problem of food waste touched upon earlier. Speciality ingredients company Kerry Group provides bio-based solutions like enzymes as a clean alternative to preservation chemicals that are derived from fossil fuel. Not only is this a net positive for retailers’ bottom line since it improves food safety and maximises shelf life, but it is also a net positive for the planet.
New horizons: Energy uses and sources also need to be revisited, and industrial gas company Air Liquide proactively help their clients reduce their environmental impact by offering energy-efficient solutions that also help cut costs. As one of the major players in hydrogen, they will also benefit from the major regulatory push out of the EU, where hydrogen is seen as a key alternative to fossil fuels. Whilst not a direct energy source, Hydrogen is the Swiss Army knife of energy: it is an energy carrier that can store, transform and transport energy, all with zero CO2 emissions. How? Because when burnt, it emits no CO2 , only water vapour. This is expected to drive a ten-fold increase in demand for hydrogen by 2050.11