Forests, mountains, soil, rivers – they are the basis of our life and a scare resource. They provide us with food, clean water, clean air. We should manage these vital goods so that they are still there for future generations.
The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) estimates that meat consumption will increase worldwide to 373 million tons per annum by 2030 and to 465 million tons by 2050. This means more farming of animals, more animal feed, more agricultural areas, water and energy consumption. Because of this, in the long term there will be no alternative but to improve agricultural productivity with less consumption of land and resources.
In the long term, nature can provide eco-system services – this includes all ecological systems that have beneficial effects for humans – only if the eco-systems continue to function. Their functioning is closely linked to biodiversity. As a result of deforestation, mining of resources, and climate change, large regions, such as the rainforest in the Amazon region, face serious risks with regard to biodiversity and even to their existence.
Examples of our contribution
- Our products also help maintain biodiversity. These include amino acids for animal nutrition, which considerably reduce the areas of land required for feed production and, as a consequence, preserve habitats. Our analytical services (AMINONIR® Analytics) also provide a reliable amino acid profile of the feed raw materials for optimum and efficient feed consumption.
- We continually reduce our production waste by the following hierarchy: Preventing waste by coninous process improvement and devlopment of integrated systems, recychling materials or use them to generate energy and safe disposal.
- With our geoinformation system for sustainability (GISSus), we examine among others the potential effects of our worldwide sites and regions with particular significance for biodiversity.
- Introduce a worldwide water management system.
In our water stress analysis in 2018, we looked at the availability of water for industrial purposes in the next two decades at 107 sites. In all, we identified 26 Evonik sites on four continents where water is in short supply. In the reporting period, we selected the worst affected sites and conducted detailed local interviews. These will be used as a starting point for developing specific action plans.