Our promise to the planet and people 

Our promise: Climate Action 

Our promise: Circular & Restorative 

Our promise: Enable People 

Discover our sustainability report

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BioMar Global Sustainability Report 

How does the world’s most ambitious aquafeed company see the future of aquaculture? 

BioMar has become the first global aquafeed supplier to commit to ambitious GHG emissions reduction targets following 1.5°C pathway. To make these reductions a reality, BioMar has developed a long term masterplan focusing on operations and broader supply chain partners to create innovative solutions that make sustainability profitable.

Find out more in our Global Sustainability Report.

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CEO (content)

Navigating troubled waters

In 2021 BioMar had solid growth across all markets with a significant increase in volumes and revenue. A favourable commercial position drove growth in high-end product ranges. However, the bottom-line results were affected by the global rise in raw material prices, logistics costs, and energy prices.

As we entered 2022, the year looked promising, with the pandemic effects beginning to disappear and normality gradually returning. However, another crisis quickly became a reality, which undoubtedly will affect this year for all of us.

We followed our values and took the tough decision to suspend all trade operations with Russia for feed sales and raw material procurement. Russian sales have been an important part of our business, especially for the BioMar units in Denmark and Norway. We had also sourced key raw materials from the area now affected by the conflict.

To our surprise, other major feed suppliers chose to profit from the situation rather than take a similar decision as us. Regardless of the business implications, we would make the same decision again. Why? Because it is the right thing to do.

Carlos Diaz, Chief Executive Officer, BioMar Group

2030 Ambitions: Our Promise

BioMar makes a promise, to our planet and its people with a set of ambitious targets that will seek to aid in the regeneration of our environment while enabling humanity to thrive.

Climate action (content)

Climate Action

1/3 by 2030

Reduce BioMar total feed GHG footprint by 1/3 by 2030

BioMar is responding to an urgent call-to-action for companies to set emissions reduction targets backed by a global network of UN agencies, business and industry leaders. We have set company-wide emission targets in line with climate science to ensure we are net-zero no later than 2050.

BioMar has set verifiable science-based targets through the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). We have committed to ambitious GHG emissions reduction targets following the 1.5°C pathway. Climate scientists define this as necessary to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.

With aquafeed representing a significant proportion of the carbon footprint of farming, our farmers will be able to directly benefit from a reduction in their own on-farm footprint.

Circular & Restorative

Circular & Restorative

50 % by 2030

BioMar feeds are 50 % circular and restorative by 2030

In BioMar, we take action for our areas of responsibility. We encourage and stimulate restorative practices in our supply chain and have set targets for minimum inclusion levels of circular and restorative ingredients.

BioMar considers raw materials originating from by-products and waste streams to be circular. We seek to decouple feed supply chains from directly competing with food for human consumption.

We define restorative ingredients as raw materials that significantly shift the balance between ecosystem impacts and human production systems. The goal is to stimulate net-positive environmental outcomes compared to time-bound relevant benchmarks.

Enable people

Enable People

100,000 by 2030

100,000 people directly engaged in capacity building initiatives by 2030

At BioMar, we are actively engaging our entire value chain as we believe we can create a far-reaching impact on the world through capacity building, which lies at the core of all resilient societies.

We provide training courses and development programmes for employees, farmers and communities. We actively engage in third party agricultural and fishery improvement programmes and supplier improver initiatives. Through these initiatives, we aim to directly enable 100,000 people annually by 2030.

We promote human and labour rights through initiatives like responsible pay and diversity targets. Through innovation, we create aquafeeds enabling people to make healthier and more sustainable food choices. We continue our commitment of active participation in the public debate around sustainable nutrition.

Sustainability Milestones

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Our Sustainability Milestones 

Ambitious targets must be tracked by milestones to show progress. BioMar has identified and tracked a host of key milestones within our three categories (Climate Action, Circular & Restorative and Enable People) in 2021 to support our 2030 ambitions.  

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Marine Ingredients

Marine Ingredients (content)

Our oceans are fully exploited. We can’t keep doing things the same way and expecting change to happen. 

We harvest from well-managed fish stocks and have chosen technologies that create natural omega-3s. This way, we create innovative feeds for clever aquaculture.

Marine Ingredients

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Time to rethink waste

It is time to rethink waste. Through innovation, many leftovers from human food production can be turned into new valuable resources containing nutrients that are essential to the diet of many aquaculture species.

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BioMar and Síldarvinnslan to build a net-zero aquafeed facility in Iceland

BioMar Group and Síldarvinnslan have signed a memorandum of understanding to build a modern high-tech aquafeed production facility in Iceland. Through this move, BioMar will become the only global feed company in the Icelandic market. The venture has an ambition to build a facility that will achieve net-zero within its own operations.

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BioMar commits to the most ambitious pathway toward net-zero

In the recently launched Integrated Sustainability Report, BioMar announces its commitment to the 1.5°C pathway for reducing carbon emissions. BioMar is the first global aquafeed supplier to adopt the 1.5°C pathway toward net-zero under the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

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BioMar joins forces with Mols Bjerge National Park on an eelgrass restoration project

On Sunday 19 June, Mols Bjerge National Park will undertake an eelgrass restoration project with the help of BioMar Group and the local Danish community. The project is called Havets Grønne Enge, which translates to Green Meadows of the Sea.

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Circular Economy Thinking

BioMar seeks to decouple feed supply chains from directly competing with food for human consumption. Tapping into unutilized waste streams is a way to add value to feed and the planet.

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Making sugar even sweeter

Using waste to make valuable products is the backbone of the circular economy. Upcycled processing wastes can provide an excellent alternative to traditional aquafeed proteins (e.g. soy and fish meal) and provides a market for otherwise lost resources.

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Decarbonisation of our operations

As part of our 2030 Climate Action ambition, BioMar established a team with expert external support to develop a detailed masterplan for decarbonising our operations. We identified the steps required to reduce our Scope 1 & 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions aligned with climate science and a commitment to a science-based 1.5°C target.

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Ambitious science-based reduction targets

BioMar has become the first global aquafeed supplier to commit to ambitious GHG emissions reduction targets following 1.5°C pathway. To make these reductions a reality, BioMar has developed a long term masterplan focusing on operations and broader supply chain partners to create innovative solutions that make sustainability profitable.

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Responsible shrimp

We have partnered with Earthworm Foundation, an international non-profit undertaking social and environmental projects, to drive responsible shrimp projects in Ecuador. Here, we redefine the feed model and create capacity building initiatives to drive social change and best sustainability practices in the region.

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Over time, microalgae will likely overtake the role as the primary source for omega 3 in aquafeeds.

BioMar first introduced microalgae omega-3 into commercial salmon feeds in 2016 after three years of R&D and planning. BioMar worked with several salmon farmers and retailers willing to take a chance on microalgae, and today’s success is an excellent example of collaborating across the value chain.

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Deep Branch and BioMar agree strategic partnership to enhance the aquaculture industry

Deep Branch and BioMar have signed a long-term technical and commercial partnership to redefine traditional aquaculture feed ingredients and improve the aquaculture industry’s efficiency, profitability and sustainability. The immediate focus of the cooperation will be to optimise salmon feed using Proton™, a single cell protein developed by Deep Branch for the feed industry, as a primary protein source.

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Circular Feed Bags

Being mindful of our planet's resources at BioMar extends beyond our feed recipes to include the packaging of our aquafeeds. Our local markets have established innovative solutions for upcycling their feed bags.

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BioMar and Earthworm Foundation take lead on responsible shrimp

Earthworm Foundation, an international non-profit undertaking social and environmental projects, is partnering with BioMar to drive responsible shrimp projects in Ecuador. The full value chain collaboration will not only include deforestation- free aquafeeds but capacity building initiatives to drive social change and sustainability best practices in the region.

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BioMar brings focus to the blue journey towards increased sustainability

Knowledge of several critical environmental impact areas of aquafeeds is essential in helping make sustainable decisions. That is why some BioMar feeds in our Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) Divisions will now include new sustainability indicators on technical product datasheets. This knowledge will help farmers in their pursuit to reduce negative environmental impacts.

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Local communities repurposing feed bags

In BioMar Chile, most aquafeed maxi bags are sent to recycling. However, some feed bags have been set aside for a capacity building initiative to support local communities in repurposing them.

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BioMar acquires intelligent feeding technology

Following the successful entrance into the shrimp feed market, the board of BioMar approves the acquisition of AQ1 Systems, the world’s leading producer of acoustic feeding technology for the shrimp farming industry. With the investment, BioMar aims to accelerate the sustainability journey of the industry.

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From sawdust to protein

There is a promising new feed ingredient from the forests of Norway, sawdust!

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Microalgae no longer considered a niche ingredient in BioMar

BioMar’s facility in Brande, Denmark significantly scales up the inclusion of microalgae into their raw material portfolio. The use of microalgae in the flagship product line produced in Brande enables BioMar to ramp up the sustainability criteria as this ingredient contributes to a reduced dependency on wild fish stocks.

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BioMar reaches 1 million tonnes of salmon feed with microalgae

This month BioMar hit a major sustainability milestone with the adoption of microalgae omega 3s into feed diets. Marine ingredients are a finite resource and by including microalgae in aquaculture diets we can help stabilise the pressure on fish stocks.

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BioMar launches its 2030 Ambitions

On the back of today’s launch of the BioMar 2020 Sustainability Report, we announce our 2030 Ambitions. We make a promise, to our planet and its people with a set of ambitious targets that will seek to aid in the restoration of our environment while enabling humanity to thrive. Two key areas are focused on the reduced impact of aquaculture feeds while the third will enable capacity building in our communities.

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