Scotland: Net Zero Ambitions DSM to Establish New Novel Methane-Reducing Feed Additive Manufacturing Plant
DSM has introduced Bovaer, a feed additive for cows which reduces enteric methane emission by approximately 30 % for ruminants. With the potential to become a gamechanger for the world’s net zero ambitions, the company has plans to develop a new facility at its existing site in Dalry, Scotland to scale up its Bovaer production in the coming years.
Heerlen/The Netherlands – Royal DSM has recently announced at COP26 in Glasgow that it is planning to realize large scale production capacity for its novel methane-reducing feed additive for ruminants, Bovaer with a new plant at its existing site in Dalry, Scotland, supported by Scottish Enterprise. As emphasized by the First Minister of Scotland at the announcement, Scotland offers a welcoming and supportive environment for innovation and production, and is leading the way for a net zero future.
Reducing methane emissions is crucial to reach the Paris Agreement target of maximum 1.5 degree warming, especially since methane’s warming effect is shorter lived and much more potent than carbon dioxide. Therefore, eliminating methane will pay off right away. Experts at COP26 have emphasized the great impact additional focus on methane emission reduction can have, which was also expressed in the recently announced global pledge aiming at reducing methane emissions by 30 % by 2030.
Amongst other things, methane is emitted from cows – over 50 % of emissions from milk production comes in the form of enteric methane emission. Bovaer is a feed additive for cows which consistently reduces enteric methane emission by approximately 30 % for ruminants. The endeavor to develop Bovaer encompassed over 10 years, 45 on-farm trials in 13 countries across 4 continents, and more than 48 peer-reviewed studies published in independent scientific journals.
As food systems and climate crisis are intrinsically linked, addressing the challenge of sustainable animal farming for a healthy planet is pivotal.
In early September 2021, DSM received full regulatory approvals in Brazil and Chile for its feed additive Bovaer. DSM has available initial commercial product volumes for near term market development. To prepare for further scale up in the next years, engineering for a new large plant in Dalry has started, which is targeted to be started up in the course of 2025. DSM’s Dalry manufacturing site has been in operation for over 60 years and produces high quality micro-nutrients. The site is the only Western producer of vitamin C.
Geraldine Matchett and Dimitri de Vreeze, Co-CEOs of DSM commented: “First of all we are pleased with the Scottish Government’s support of the buildup of our production capacity of Bovaer, particularly within the context of COP26, where the importance of fast climate action through reduction of methane emissions is emphasized again. We are looking forward to offering a scientifically proven effective solution to the challenge of methane emissions by farming. As food systems and climate crisis are intrinsically linked, addressing the challenge of sustainable animal farming for a healthy planet is pivotal.”
Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, said: “Methane reducing feed additives are a crucial part of the solutions that the agriculture sector needs to deploy towards achieving climate ambitions. This multi-million-pound investment will make Scotland the home of this innovative product and highlights that Scotland is leading the way in delivering a net zero future.”
Scottish Enterprise’s Managing Director, Linda Hanna added: “Royal DSM’s Project Bovaer has the potential to be a gamechanger for the world’s net zero ambitions and I am delighted that Scotland was chosen as the ideal location for this project. Alongside our partners, Scottish Enterprise worked closely with Royal DSM to build a strong relationship and provide support to help them choose Dalry as the target site for this global manufacturing opportunity. As we support sustainable economic recovery, this investment by Royal DSM provides a real boost for Scotland’s economy. It also very much underlines the message we are sharing with the world: that Scotland is open for business.”