Westfleisch publishes eco-assessment for veal

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Thursday, April 28, 2011

Westfleisch published the industry's first ever CO2 footprint for pork in Germany at the start of 2010. An eco-assessment for veal is now being published.

In a measure aimed at meeting its own internal sustainability targets, the Münster-based company has become the first German meat company to draw up an eco-assessment covering the entire production process chain of white veal. The assessment covers not only the CO2 footprint, it also includes further ecological factors. All greenhouse gases emitted during veal production which can be verifiably recorded and evaluated – from the cultivation of feed crops, calf production and fattening through to meat retail – are included.

Between pork and beef

Calves occupy a special position between monogastric pigs and ruminant cattle on account of the fact that their digestive tracts are not fully developed. This classification is supported by the carbon footprint value for veal, which is also between those of pork and beef: the calculated carbon footprint is in the range between 8.7 and 10.9 kg CO2e per kilogram of veal, depending on how the fermentation processes in the digestive tract, the preceeding chains and the milk production are evaluated. This puts it between the value of 3.2 kg determined by Westfleisch for pigs and the results of various studies and references for the equivalent value (CO2)e for cattle which is generally between 18 and 24 kg CO2e per kilogram of beef.

Young bulls next in line

In drawing up its eco-assessment Westfleisch obtained the BASF expert's report from Ludwigshafen – as it did when assessing the carbon footprint of pork. According to Westfleisch, the carbon footprint assessment of young bull veal, which has yet to be carried out, will constitute the launch of the eco-assessment for beef scheduled to start by the end of 2011.
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