DSM submits new methane-reducing feed additive EU approval

DSM submits new methane-reducing feed additive for EU approval

7:48 AM, 22nd July 2019
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KAISERAUGST, SWITZERLAND: Royal DSM has commenced filing its new feed additive for EU authorization approval.

The company claims that the new feed additive for dairy cows will reduce methane emissions by around 30 percent, thereby significantly reducing the environmental footprint of milk and dairy products, a key source of high quality and affordable protein around the world.

The new product underlines DSM’s commitment to delivering science-based, sustainable and scalable solutions in response to the challenges our world faces today.

The feed additive is scientifically proven to cut methane emissions from dairy cows by ±30%, with its efficacy confirmed in 26 peer-reviewed studies globally. Methane is a natural by-product of digestion in cows and other ruminants, the majority of which is released into the atmosphere through burping and breathing and responsible for more than half of the cow’s carbon footprint.

Like CO2, methane is a greenhouse gas which contributes to climate change. Methane is a short-lived, but much more potent greenhouse gas than CO2. Reducing global methane emissions could therefore help lower the rate of global warming in the near term, helping society stay within the 1.5-2°C maximum temperature rise indicated in the Paris Climate Agreement, while society moves to net zero carbon emissions.

Just a quarter teaspoon of the feed additive per cow per day suppresses the enzyme that triggers methane production in a cow’s stomach. Upon feeding, the additive takes effect immediately. After suppressing methane production in the stomach, it is broken

We’re excited to start registration in Europe. This is an important milestone. Our science-based solution has the potential to be a real game-changer in the global effort to reduce the climate impact of the foods we know and love. Because of its global warming potency, mitigating methane emissions will be a powerful lever for the dairy sector to take action on the climate emergency,” said Mark van Nieuwland, program director at DSM.

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