IMS Partnership with FAO publishes groundbreaking LCA Guidelines
The IMS is pleased to announce that the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)-led Livestock Environmental Assessment and Performance Partnership (LEAP) has published the first of a series of ground-breaking global Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) guidelines for feed, poultry and small ruminants.
The guidelines were officially published at the LEAP 2nd annual meeting at FAO Headquarters in Rome on 23 April 2015 and reflect a common vision among the LEAP partners, which include representatives from the agri-food chain, governments, international organizations, academia, and civil society.
Draft guidelines were also released for public consultation and review on biodiversity, and large ruminant supply chains. The first draft of the guidelines for pig supply chains is scheduled for internal consultation in Q4 2015.
The documents can be downloaded here:
The IMS is a founding member of LEAP and provides both leadership and technical expertise to the partnership, which aims to harmonize globally how the environmental impacts of the livestock industry are measured and assessed by developing sector-specific LCA guidelines. Such harmonized guidelines are an important step to measure and continue to reduce the impact of livestock on the environment.
At LEAP the IMS also works closely with our chain partners: the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF), the International Egg Commission (IEC), the International Poultry Council (IPC), the International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH) and the International Dairy Federation (IDF).
In less than two years, the LEAP partners, with full engagement from the IMS, were able to develop a methodology that will introduce a harmonized, science-based, practical and international approach to the assessment of the environmental performance of these supply chains, while taking into account the specificity of the diverse production systems that exist globally.
The LEAP guidelines are relevant to a wide range of stakeholders, for example livestock producers wishing to analyze and understand their resource and emission profiles and assess the performance of their production systems. In addition our supply chain partners, including feed producers and slaughterhouses, will be able to gain a better understanding of the environmental performance of their production and inputs.
The LEAP work is essential and will continue to directly impact the livestock sector and IMS members in the future. The IMS is a member of the LEAP Steering Committee and will continue to provide scientific experts from our Membership to the Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs), in order to ensure our sector’s experience and expertise are taken into account. Through our involvement we are able to shape the policy and regulatory environment in which we will operate in the future.
Ultimately policy makers at international and national level will be influenced by LEAP guidelines when developing sustainability accounting systems and reporting specifications for livestock supply chains.
We want to thank the IMS Members for their continued support and contributions to this important initiative, which support global meat and livestock sector efforts to meet the future demands for sustainable, high-quality, nutritious and safe animal protein.