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A CJ Global Collaborative R&D on Amino Acids & Eco-Friendly Bio Project for SDGs
Description/achievement of initiative

Amino acids are the building blocks of protein consisting basic elements of all lives including human beings on Earth. CJ CheilJedang, reputed to be the responsible global food and bioengineering company, has focused on contributing to environmental sustainability and improving food security through technological innovation of amino acids used in livestock industry. Its recent projects such as “Effective Utilization of Cultivated Land”, “Prevention of Environmental Pollution caused by Livestock Industry” and “Collaborative Development of Biotechnology in Asia” explicitly contribute to the achievement of SDGs and elicit innovative transformations in environment, food security, and bio industries in developing countries as well.

Implementation methodologies

Importance of amino acids for animals has grown because difficulties of securing grain for feeds due to recent climate change and growing contagious diseases in livestock industry observed throughout the years. CJ CheilJedang is currently supplying amino acids all over the world and keeps expanding its market especially in Asian countries. Particularly, it is putting tremendous effort on marketing amino acids in China and other Asian countries as this is where the low awareness on importance of low-protein feeds is observed. Aiming to lead on spreading the advanced livestock culture of Europe to Asia, industry players including CJ has successfully contributed to approximately 8~9% decline of nitrogen excretion within the region. Moreover, it is planning to expand its market by promoting optimized formulation of different kinds of amino acids that can eventually decrease 20~30% of nitrogen excretion and prevent the environmental pollution caused by livestock industry.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

CJ CheilJedang continues to expand its realm of great influence from developed countries to developing ones in Asia. This global business structure is optimal as it is its vision to proliferate usage of environment-friendly amino acids within various regions. Particularly laying the concrete foundation to collaborate with both public and private sectors within Asia, CJ continues to excavate opportunities to contribute to multinational economic collaboration. Having Korea’s biggest BIO R&D Center as technological hub in Korea, it carries on making its own history of unprecedented bio-research and it will take the role of concrete footing to have technologies transferred in China, Indonesia, Malaysia, and other major countries. Moreover, CJ CheilJedang will continue to acquire mind-blowing achievements for the protection of environment and food security along with innovation in livestock industry through intensive and diverse researches on all amino acids.

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

Starting to produce MSG back in 1964, CJ CheilJedang has made its own history of unprecedented bio-research. Based on the microbial fermentation technology that has been evolved and accumulated over the five decades, CJ is now the only global manufacturer that has competencies of commercially producing five major amino acids, ‘L-Lysine,’ ‘L-Threonine,’ ‘L-Tryptophan,’ ‘L-Methionine’ and ‘L-Valine’ for animal nutrition. It also accomplished noticeable scientific achievement by commercially producing ‘L-Methionine’ through microbial fermentation. This production method is eco-friendly bio innovation that also minimizes industrial wastes by reprocessing most byproducts as fertilizer. One of CJ’s core products, ‘L-Lysine’, is now produced in four different continents: Pasuruan Plant in Indonesia, Liaocheng/Shenyang plants in China, Piracicaba plant in Brazil and Fort Dodge plant in the United States. Now it has 30 percent of the global market share with dominant production capacity. It is also noteworthy that ‘L-Lysine’ is taking pivotal role in the aspect of global food security. According to the field studies, one metric ton of ‘L-Lysine HCI’ is proven to save 33 tons of soybean meal. This implicates that the estimated annual usage of ‘L-Lysine’ in the world (2.2 million metric tons in 2015), saves up to 73 million metric tons of soybean meal. This amount is equivalent to 90% of the soybean produced in the Unites States in 2015. Consequently, we may contribute to solving the world’s hunger problem by growing edible grains on the land which was previously utilized for soybean cultivation.Amino acids for animal nutrition also contribute to the prevention of environmental pollution. It is a known and proven fact that soil contaminated at the livestock farms significantly threatens human health. Feeding animals with amino acids means reducing the excessive amount of protein in conventional feeds ultimately decreasing the amount of the livestock’s contaminated nitrogen release. Industry as a whole is planning to supply high-quality amino acids throughout China and Asia, which is expected to create more positive impacts on the environment of Asia in the long run. In 2015, the global annual demand for respective amino acids for animals was estimated to be as follows: 2~2.3 million metric tons for ‘L-Lysine’, 1~1.1 million metric ton for ‘L-Methionine, 40~50 thousand metric tons for ‘L-Threonine’, 20~30 thousand metric tons for ‘L-Tryptophan’. The industry is also in the process of preparing for commercial launch of additional limiting amino acids such as ‘L-Valine’, ‘L-Isoleucine’, ‘L-Leucine’, and ‘L-Arginine’ that hold future potentials.


CJ CheilJedang, Korean Association for Supporting the SDGs fot the UN (ASD), Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs of ROK
Progress reports
Goal 2
2.1 - By 2030, end hunger and ensure access by all people, in particular the poor and people in vulnerable situations, including infants, to safe, nutritious and sufficient food all year round
2.4 - By 2030, ensure sustainable food production systems and implement resilient agricultural practices that increase productivity and production, that help maintain ecosystems, that strengthen capacity for adaptation to climate change, extreme weather, drought, flooding and other disasters and that progressively improve land and soil quality
2.5 - By 2020, maintain the genetic diversity of seeds, cultivated plants and farmed and domesticated animals and their related wild species, including through soundly managed and diversified seed and plant banks at the national, regional and international levels, and promote access to and fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the utilization of genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge, as internationally agreed
2.a - Increase investment, including through enhanced international cooperation, in rural infrastructure, agricultural research and extension services, technology development and plant and livestock gene banks in order to enhance agricultural productive capacity in developing countries, in particular least developed countries
Goal 17
17.6 - Enhance North-South, South-South and triangular regional and international cooperation on and access to science, technology and innovation and enhance knowledge sharing on mutually agreed terms, including through improved coordination among existing mechanisms, in particular at the United Nations level, and through a global technology facilitation mechanism
17.16 - Enhance the global partnership for sustainable development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the sustainable development goals in all countries, in particular developing countries
17.17 - Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships

Data, monitoring and accountability
17.19 - By 2030, build on existing initiatives to develop measurements of progress on sustainable development that complement gross domestic product, and support statistical capacity-building in developing countries
Cooperation with Ministry of Agriculture and Bioscience R&D centers in Korea and expansion to 10 countries globally by 2020.
Construction of a Lysine plant in Shenyang, China
Construction of a Lysine plant in Fort Dodge, Iowa, U.S.A
L-Methionine plant in Malaysia
Other, please specify
6 amino acid plants in five countries: Indonesia, China, Brazil, USA and Malaysia and producing 5 kinds of amino acid (L-Lysine, L-Threonine, L-Tryptophan, L-Methionine, L-Valine) uniquely in the world.
Staff / Technical expertise
Researcher, Steering committee members, Strategy Support Team

Basic information
Time-frame: 2012 - 2025
CJ CheilJedang, Korean Association for Supporting the SDGs fot the UN (ASD), Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs of ROK
Contact information
Jung Hoon Kim, Representative of Korean Association for Supporting the SDGs for the UN , jcsp81@hanmail.net
United Nations