Achievement at a glance
We introduced our initiative to Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Norway H. E. Ms. Erna Solberg, who is also a Chairperson of UN SDGs Advocate during her recent visit to Korea. A demand for amino acid is currently as followed; Lysine 20~23 million t, Methionine 10~11 million t, Threonine 4~5 million t, and Tryptophan 20~30 thousand t. We are leading changes in livestock industry; improving environmental pollution resulted from livestock excrement, and achieving sustainable bio innovation and environmental protection.
Meanwhile, we have made our entry in Methionine production, based on world’s first L-Methionine technology which involves environmentally-friendly bioengineering method after 8 years of continuous R&D. We are also performing a research on to spread the SDGs through products that will be developed in the near future.
Challenges faced in implementation
We have tried to support implementation of the SDGs through our amino acid products. Amino acids products are selling around the world, including China and many countries in Asia. Therefore, we are capable of promoting the SDGs to diverse stakeholders including consumers who work in the livestock industry and environment, experts and the farming population. We are considering the labeling of a description of 17 SDGs, and it is currently under the review of United Nations Office of Legal Affairs (UNOLA). Amino acids are one of the most environmentally friendly products in the world. We look forward to further cooperation with the UN to promote the SDGs.
Climate change followed by the difficulty of supplying feed grain and many livestock diseases such as AI and PED raised the importance of sustainable amino acid for livestock. CJ CheilJedang currently supplies amino acid to the global market around the world, and is expanding its market especially in Asian countries including China where low-protein feed market started to emerge. We are concentrating on taking on a leading role in expanding advanced livestock culture of Europe into Asia as a biggest global supplier of Asia.
Supply of CJ CheilJedang amino acids has brought about actual decline of approximately 8~9% in nitrogen excretion. We are planning to expand its market, promoting simultaneous multi-usage of several different kinds of amino acids, and further decrease 20~30% of nitrogen excretion, ultimately reducing the environmental pollution of the livestock industry.
Livestock farmers, farm workers and the poor
The estimated usage of L-Lysine in the world (2 million tons in 2015) corresponds to the saving of 73 million tons of soybean meal, which is equivalent to about 90% of the soybean meal production in the United States in 2015. We can improve the efficiency of utilization of cultivated areas by planting corn and other grains instead of soybean.
Usage of such amino acid in the livestock industry also contributes to preventing environmental pollution. Soil contamination of livestock farms is a serious threat to human. Using more amino acid in livestock feed reduces excessive amount of protein included in it, which in turn decreases contaminated nitrogen excretion of livestock. We are planning to supply high-quality amino acid throughout China and Asia, and it will significantly impact on establishing sustainable livestock industry in Asia, thereby critically contributing to reduction of contamination.