MIXSCIENCE – MatriCIEL (2019) – 2 stars
Feed environmental footprint calculation tool for customer support
MiXscience has developed a new tool integrated into its formulation software which allows the calculation of the environmental footprint of the feed, approach initiated by French and international institutions.
To that end, the formulation matrix has been implemented with footprint data on raw materials, as well as the ones linked to their shipping and the feed manufacturing. Thus, the matrix now contains environmental footprint values based on 7 criteria as CO2 emissions or energy consumption for instance.
This tool, operational for all kind of animal production, allows studies of interest and formulation with both economic and ecological constraints. It also provides guidance to the feed manufacturers for their production and supply choices. For the livestock sector, it offers the possibility of a broader reflection and communication about animal productions, like the realization of life cycle analysis which could be displayed on the product bought by the consumer. It is a new dimension of the feed formulation to build a more sustainable animal nutrition.