The International Poultry Council (IPC) has announced its commitment to the sustainable development of the poultry meat sector, delivering benefits for both the planet and people globally.

It affirmed, the sector’s commitment as a leader in transforming the world through environmental and sustainable practices, in agreement with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations’ (FAO) Sustainability Development goals.

Evonik is an associate member of the IPC and played a key role in convincing the organization of the major impact poultry nutrition can have on the environment.  It also helped to link the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to the three-pillar sustainability model (environmental, economic, and socio-ethical) promoted by IPC, and to identify the SDGs which are supported most by the poultry industry.

The five Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are:

Zero Hunger-sharing good practices and promoting sustainable production;

Good Health and well-being-promoting poultry as a healthy choice and sharing good management and manufacturing practices;

Quality Education-building capacity to ensure high quality and sustainable production;

Industry, innovation and infrastructure-supporting innovative and sustainable industrialization

Climate Action-reducing greenhouse gas and other emissions

Dr. Andreas Lemme, Director Technical Consultancy at Evonik explained:  “When we joined the IPC’s Environmental  and Sustainability working, it became apparent that there was a gap in expertise on poultry nutrition and feed production, yet their impact can be pronounced.  For example, SDG 3 (Climate Action) emphasizes low emission feeding, minimizing dietary nitrogen, optimizing raw material processing and optimizing nutritional value of ingredients and finished feed.  These are all aspects the poultry industry can take action on.

“The IPC’s commitment should ensure that the entire global poultry industry chooses strategies and concepts that lead to a more sustainable approach,” Dr. Lemme said.