Pet Sustainability Coalition Evaluates Carbon Footprint of Pet Food Formulas
In partnership with German company Josera and insect protein supplier Protix, the Pet Sustainability Coalition (PSC) released a new case study that evaluates the carbon footprint of pet food ingredients.
Comparing two different formulas, PSC was able to determine the comparative carbon footprints of a lamb and rice formula versus Insect Dog, which uses insect protein supplied by Protix as its main ingredient. Not only did this data illuminate the comparative carbon footprint of two products, but it also compares carbon footprints for each ingredient, providing the potential for additional formulas aimed at reaching the lowest carbon footprint possible while maintaining nutritional performance, according to the case study.
The carbon footprint project is just one of many sustainability initiatives at Josera, but the data had been difficult to capture before Josera partnered with PSC.
“At Josera, we see it as our responsibility to protect the planet. PSC has helped us navigate what can be a difficult pathway to address our carbon footprint,” said Klaus Wagner, CEO of Josera.
PSC used a streamline LCA process relying on benchmark data from global LCA databases. The project was one of several case studies underway as part of PSC’s recent expansion that allows European pet companies to join the nonprofit coalition. The Josera case study will sit alongside other case studies in the PSC Toolkit (available at petsustainability.org), which features a variety of sustainable business topics like employee engagement, sustainable packaging, strategic implementation and supply chain engagement from member companies like I and Love and You, Worldwise, Mom’s Organic Market, Kinn and Zuke’s.
“Global climate change is a huge impact area that can feel unattainable for businesses to solve,” said Caitlyn Dudas, executive director of PSC. “Josera’s leadership paves the way for others to leverage their business toward low-carbon solutions that will make the world livable for people and pets in the future.”