Sustainable Protein

The healthy and sustainable production and consumption of proteins is a key lever to achieve food system transformation. In order to meet the SDGs and Paris Agreement, it is critical to balance animal-based protein consumption with plant-based alternatives consumption on one side; and the sustainable production of these proteins on the other. Our main objective is to optimize protein production and consumption for nutritionally healthy and environmentally sustainable diets. We do this by facilitating the development and scale-up of business solutions improving the production and consumption of diverse proteins.

The Challenge

Societies urgently need to “bend the curve” on proteins. According to the 2019 Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report, to limit temperature increases to 1.5°C, emissions need to halve by 2030 and drop to net-zero by 2050 for the best chance of avoiding the worst impacts of climate change. Representing 14.5% of GHG emissions (and up to 30% in 2050 under business-as-usual scenarios), the animal protein production sector must act even faster than other sectors. 

The Business Case

Diversifying and rebalancing protein intake, including the amplification of sustainable and healthy plant and other alternative sources of protein, have enormous potential to bring about positive environmental and health outcomes. Furthermore, ensuring the sustainable production of animal proteins can greatly reduce or even capture greenhouse gas emissions and conserve biodiversity while boosting soil health and farmer incomes. Many companies have already started addressing this issue through the development of solutions improving the sustainable and healthy production and consumption of diverse proteins, in relation to growing markets for such products.

The Business Solution

We provide knowledge and tools for companies to successfully develop and implement their protein strategies. We further support companies in the development and scale up of concrete solutions aligned with these strategies. We engage investors, businesses and policymakers in order to create the policy and market conditions that enable the production and consumption of a healthy mix of sustainably produced proteins. 

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