02 Apr 2024
by Oli Hill

AIC secures valuable access to feed lifecycle analysis data for Members by joining GFLI


The Agricultural Industries Confederation has secured access to feed lifecycle analysis (LCA) data for its Member businesses by joining a global feed industry initiative.

Last month AIC - the UK's agricultural supply trade association - became a member of the Global Feed LCA Institute (GFLI), bringing additional benefits to the businesses it represents in the animal feed sector.

The move supports the ambition of AIC's Feed Executive Committee, made up of representatives of the UK animal feed sector, to drive progress on important sustainability matters.

The GFLI is an independent animal nutrition and food industry institute which develops valuable Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) databases to support meaningful environmental assessment of animal nutrition products and stimulate continuous improvement of the environmental performance in the animal nutrition and food industry.

Valuable industry data

AIC sought to maintain the supply of LCA-related services to its feed compounder Members by joining the Insitute after access to data became limited to GFLI membership organisations.

James McCulloch, AIC's Head of Animal Feed, said: "Membership of the GFLI allows AIC to help drive progress on many important developments for the UK animal feed industry, supporting its sustainability credentials.

"This membership gives AIC good insight into an industry-led initiative to deliver credible and robust LCA data for the benefit of UK feed businesses and the wider food supply chain.

"This insight will prove invaluable when discussing food LCA data strategy in the UK with the Food Data Transparency Partnership (FDTP) and other important stakeholders operating in this space."

The GFLI aggregated dataset comprises well over 1,000 feed ingredient products. In February 2022, AIC produced a UK subset (version 001) listing a selection of those feed ingredients commonly used by UK-based animal feed manufacturers in formulating their rations.

The full GFLI database covers 16 environmental impact categories, with AIC's UK subset initially covering carbon values for selected feed materials.

AIC is currently working to update its UK subset to reflect the amendments that have been made to the GFLI database since its launch.

AIC supports GFLI in establishing its targets for 2024, which include:

Notes for editors

The Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC) is the UK’s leading agricultural supply trade association, representing agricultural supply chain sectors including arable marketing, crop protection, agronomy, feed, fertiliser, and seed. 

Formed in 2003, AIC has over 230 Members in the agri-supply trade which are responsible for £17.8 billion of annual farm trade.

Political lobbying and policy influencing is a major part of its work, as well as supporting Members with technical information.  

AIC Services, which is the professional services arm of the AIC, manages a range of services, including Assurance Schemes recognised by the UK Government as essential tools to underpin feed and food safety alongside fertiliser security. These include:  

Visit the AIC website to find out more.

Press contact 

Oli Hill, Communications Manager, AIC 
+44 (0)1733 385230
[email protected]

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Oli Hill

Oli Hill

Communications Manager, AIC

As Communications Manager, Oli creates and oversees the content published on AIC's website, emails, Member briefings, print publications, and social media.

A qualified multimedia journalist, he previously spent six years working at Farmers Weekly magazine as a Senior Reporter on the arable team, and latterly as Community Editor. More recently he was Communications Manager at Red Tractor.

[email protected]
01733 385230

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