Sustainability starts with the basics
At Franson we have been committed to sustainability since our founding in 2004.
In every aspect of our production process we think about how it can be made even more sustainable, and we make the necessary investments so that we not only follow the legislation in this respect, but preferably even stay ahead. We set the bar higher than it should be, because we sincerely believe that sustainability is the only option in both the short and long term, and because we see the benefits.
We look forward to a sustainable future with confidence. A sustainable future for cattle in general. And a sustainable future for our beloved Belgian white and blue.
Everything starts with the basics: sustainable feeds produced in a sustainable manner.
Last update: May 2023
Target 1 | Reducing methane emissions from cattle
This compared to 2016. The Belgian animal feed sector will achieve half of this (13%) by 2025 with specific feed measures.
Beer marc and rapeseed meal
- Only applicable with specific ration composition
- Methane reduction for dairy cattle: 8%
- Has been started and will be adjusted based on progressive insight
Extruded / expanded linseed
- Only in case of specific basic ration: maize VS grass silage
- Determine characteristics of extruded/expanded linseed (Fat content)
- Methane reduction for dairy cattle: 9%
- Has been started and will be adjusted based on progressive insight
- Extensive cultivation: linseed grows on land where little can be grown, with minimal use of fertilisers and pesticides.
- Linseed is an important provider of omega 3, which is important for cattle.
- Methane reduction for dairy cattle: 30%
- Will be provided for beef cattle in the course of 2025.
- By providing nitrate in the concentrate, we reduce methane production.
- Methane reduction for dairy cattle: 10%
- Methane reduction for beef cattle: 8%
- Providing rapeseed fat in the form of rapeseed meal, rapeseed cake or crushed rapeseed reduces methane production
- Methane reduction for dairy cattle: 5%
It is also possible to combine measures.
- In 2023, a study will be conducted together with ILVO into our own concept, with the aim of achieving a significant methane reduction over the entire life cycle of beef cattle.
Methane | Some facts
Livestock farming is barely 6% responsible for the emission of greenhouse gases on earth.
No1 is industry and No 2 is transportation.
HARMFULNESS: 1 ton of methane > 25 tons of CO2.
⇒ Methane is a more harmful greenhouse gas than CO2.
⇒ Methane breaks down 100x faster than CO2.
Target 2 | More energy-efficient production| CO2 reduction
THE MIXING LINE
The most efficient kilowatt is the kilowatt you don’t use. We took this very literally when developing the unique production process of our new factory. All unnecessary transport has been rigorously eliminated. Where transport did prove necessary, we opted for energy-efficient and product-friendly solutions.
The result is 75% energy savings in the transport systems, less maintenance and wear and tear. And all requirements with regard to traceability and hygiene have been met, because that too is sustainability.
THE BLENDING LINE
At the end of 2016, the oldest blending line was upgraded to a highly efficient process, becoming a state of the art sustainability.
The blending line uses up to 25% less energy, it is low in wear and maintenance, requires minimal physical effort and operates around 50% quieter. This results in an excellent score in terms of sustainability and hygiene.
THE STEAM BOILER INSTALLATION
In June 2015, we carried out a total renovation of our steam supply. We switched from fuel oil to the much more environmentally friendly fuel: natural gas. Everything has been thought of: a condenser, insulation mattresses, electronically modulating gas burners, etc.
We minimise the impact of transport from the factory to our customers by investing, through our transport company ALNATRA, in environmentally friendly and fuel-efficient trucks, mainly EURO 6 cars. At the end of the ride, for the most efficient transfer of our products to the customer’s premises, we promote auger transport, which is more energy-efficient than the blowing function. The all mash is then fed into the silo with the greatest care for quality via a mechanical auger.
Our supplier gives us a guarantee of 100% green and 100% Belgian electricity. Our energy supplier warrants that all electricity purchased by Franson will be generated from renewable energy sources in accordance with applicable law.
OUR CONTINUOUS ACTIONS
- Expansion of an electric fleet since 2019.
- Every broken lamp is systematically replaced by a smart LED lamp.
- All motors with substantial power that we purchase have an efficiency level of IE4.
- In 2020, we invested in a high-voltage transformer that belongs to the class with maximum efficiency (eco-design).
THE OPERATING SYSTEMS
In 2021, we installed new control software that ensures significantly more efficient use of the production lines and includes a batch-on-batch system, among other things.
We save 30% energy through more efficient control of all devices and lines.
THE PRESS LINE
In 2022, our oldest press line was completely replaced. Among other things, the new press has a direct drive and a class IE4 motor.
In addition, the entire cooling system was replaced by an installation with the best energy efficiency.
These major investments result in a total energy saving of 18% for the new press line.
THE STEAM DOSING SETS
In 2022, we installed new steam dosing sets on all press lines that work on the basis of an algorithm that is based on the temperature of the product to be pressed, the temperature of the steam-treated product and the effectively measured amount of added steam.
In addition, our entire steam infrastructure was renewed.
All this results in a saving of 30% steam.
THE INTAKE LINE
In 2022, all intake lines of our mixing line 1 were completely renewed. The new installation has a high unloading capacity, a low carry-over percentage, is maintenance-friendly and has a high energy efficiency.
In addition, we have made a number of interventions that drastically shortened the transport path of the product between the unloading point and the silo.
These investments result in energy savings of 50% compared to the old installation. In addition, the trucks can be used much more efficiently due to the high unloading capacity.
CO2-neutral by 2050
Target 3 | Using nutrients more efficiently
feed conversion rate 1,7
but partly in competition with human consumption
feed conversion rate 2,8
but partly in competition with human
Cattle feed – 100% from side products
feed conversion 5 to 8 but possibility to use 100% by-products from, among other things, human production, so not in competition with humans
Because we only supply customised feeds, nothing is wasted.
We make sure there is nothing too little, nothing too much.
Our unique concept:
THE ANIMALS’ NEEDS
Determine which animals the customer has, make an inventory (sex, age, dairy cattle, fat stock, etc.) and determine which nutrients these specific animals require, considering the breeder’s and his customers’ expectations, as well as legal provisions.
Roughage analysis: the quality and nutritional value of the breeder’s roughage is measured in our own laboratory. Based on this analysis, we determine which percentage of the breeder’s own farm produce can be used.
Franson will then top up the breeder’s own farm produce with tailor-made concentrates. The breeder mixes his own products with these extra ingredients.
An additional advantage: Franson then takes a sample of the total mixed ration and checks whether it matches the previously determined needs. A minimum purchase on an annual basis is required for this service.
We focus on consuming locally
Transport optimised and as local as possible
We strive to purchase as locally as possible, to use our transport as efficiently as possible and to keep empty trucking to a minimum.
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maize germ scrap
Flax chaff pellets
Target 4 | Stimulating the circular economy
Side products are being valorised, we achieved 76.5% in 2022.
Of those side streams, only 10.5% soy.
Extract raw materials for 80% from valorized side products.
Target 5 | Use of alternative protein sources
The animal feed sector strives for less soy imports from non-European countries and a more diverse use of alternative protein sources.
- the field beans are locally grown,
- are a blessing for bee populations thanks to their lush floral display,
- require very few pesticides,
- are not genetically modified.
- Moreover, field beans belong to the leguminosae: the only plant group that takes nitrogen from the air and not from the soil, which means that no artificial fertilisers are needed.
- The plant is very self-supporting, so it is low-maintenance.
- We strive for a 100% local protein supply, whereby the proteins come from the side products of the local processing industry on the one hand and from the field beans on the other.
- Moreover, as an animal feed company, we are committed to promote field beans to the agricultural companies.
Target 6 | Animal welfare
Our advisors encourage our customers to focus on animal welfare.
The entire concept of housing, daily care (shaving, hoof care, …) and feeding is aimed at the maximum welfare of the cattle.
Our customers make every effort to ensure that the animals do not fall ill, so that the use of medicines can be kept to an absolute minimum.
A lot of attention is also paid to the transport of the animals in order to reduce stress.
Target 7 | Human well-being – Work safety
BFA is developing a monitoring system by 2022 to monitor the number of occupational accidents.
With this, we want to reduce the number of industrial accidents in our sector by 10% by 2030 compared to 2022.
Drivers loading cattle feed no longer have to clamber on top of their lorry, tied to a lifeline. They can now use a comfortable staircase on a safety platform with a fence to carry out the necessary actions above the truck. Safety comes first, we want to avoid work accidents at all times.
High voltage cabin
We have built a new high-voltage cabin, so that it fully complies with the ARAB to ensure the safety of the workers and third parties in the workplaces. The necessary native shrubs, Cornus alba Sibirica, and a currant tree, Amelanchier lamarckii, have also been planted. Soon the dark green cabin will be nicely camouflaged between the fresh greenery. Everything in function of sustainability.
Target 8 | Sustainability officer
In order to meet the growing demand for sustainability and environmental protection, and the increasingly strict regulations of the various governments, Franson will recruit a sustainability manager in 2023.
The sustainability manager will stimulate awareness of the environment and sustainability in the company by continuously raising awareness.
Sustainability and environmental awareness also ensure cost savings and competitive advantage.
By reducing waste, using resources more efficiently and implementing energy-saving measures, Franson is able to reduce operational costs. A sustainability manager can identify, implement and actively communicate these initiatives, so that the company achieves long-term financial benefits and distinguishes itself from the competition.
People, Planet and Profit go hand in hand.
Target 9 | ISO 14001 certificate
Franson werkt momenteel aan de implementatie van een milieumanagementsysteem volgens de norm ISO 14001. Hiermee wil Franson haar duurzaamheidsbeleid en haar engagement om de impact op het milieu te verminderen verder kracht bijzetten.
Enkele belangrijke aspecten die worden behandeld in een ISO 14001-certificaat omvatten:
Milieubeleid: De organisatie moet een beleid opstellen waarin haar toewijding aan milieubeheer en naleving van wettelijke vereisten wordt uiteengezet.
Planning: Er moet een systematische aanpak zijn voor het identificeren van milieurisico’s en het vaststellen van doelstellingen en targets voor verbetering.
Implementatie en uitvoering: Het opzetten van interne processen en procedures om te voldoen aan de milieudoelstellingen, het beheren van middelen, het trainen van medewerkers en het communiceren van relevante informatie.
Controle en correctie: Het monitoren van de prestaties, het vaststellen van controlemechanismen, het identificeren van afwijkingen en het nemen van corrigerende maatregelen.
Beoordeling en verbetering: Het regelmatig beoordelen van het milieumanagementsysteem, het uitvoeren van interne audits en het streven naar continue verbetering van de milieuprestaties.
Met een ISO 14001-certificaat kunnen organisaties aantonen dat ze serieus bezig zijn met milieubeheer, wat kan bijdragen aan een positieve reputatie, betere naleving van regelgeving, kostenbesparingen en het aantrekken van klanten die belang hechten aan duurzaamheid.
Significantly reduce methane emissions from cattle
More energy-efficient production – CO2 neutral by 2050
Maximum efficiency of the nutrients
Maximum use of the farm’s own raw materials
Animal feed raw materials 80% from circular economy
Bringing soy from outside Europe to zero
Use of alternative protein sources
Human well-being and work safety
Hiring a sustainability manager
Obtaining the ISO 14001 certificate
Belgian white-blue | Durability
the methane emissions of Brazilian and Irish beef are considerably higher than the emissions of Belgian-white-blue beef. (See chart) (Zie grafiek)
feed conversion rate 5 to 8
but 100% uit nevenstromen, dus geen concurrentie met de menselijke consumptie
feed conversion rate 5
Of all the cattle ruminants, the BWB is the most efficient.