9th November 2021
DSM plans new production site for Bovaer® in Dalry, Scotland
Royal DSM, a global purpose-led science-based company active in Health, Nutrition and Bioscience, announces today at COP26 in Glasgow that it is planning to realize large scale production capacity for its novel methane-reducing feed additive for ruminants, Bovaer® with a new plant at its existing site in Dalry, Scotland, supported by Scottish Enterprise. As emphasized by the First Minister of Scotland at the announcement, Scotland offers a welcoming and supportive environment for innovation and production, and is leading the way for a net zero future.
Reducing methane emissions is crucial to reach the Paris Agreement target of maximum 1,5 degree warming, especially since methane’s warming effect is shorter lived and much more potent than carbon dioxide. Therefore eliminating methane will pay off right away. Experts at COP26 have emphasized the great impact additional focus on methane emission reduction can have, which was also expressed in the recently announced global pledge aiming at reducing methane emissions by 30% by 2030. Amongst other things, methane is emitted from cows – over 50% of emissions from milk production comes in the form of enteric methane emission. Bovaer® is a feed additive for cows which consistently reduces enteric methane emission by approximately 30% for ruminants. The endeavor to develop Bovaer® encompassed over 10 years, 45 on-farm trials in 13 countries across 4 continents, and more than 48 peer-reviewed studies published in independent scientific journals.
Early September 2021 DSM received full regulatory approvals in Brazil and Chile for its feed additive Bovaer®. DSM has available initial commercial product volumes for near term market development. To prepare for further scale up in the next years, engineering for a new large plant in Dalry has started, which is targeted to be started up¬¬ in the course of 2025. DSM’s Dalry manufacturing site has been in operation for over 60 years and produces high quality micro-nutrients. The site is the only Western producer of vitamin C.
Geraldine Matchett and Dimitri de Vreeze, co-CEOs of DSM commented: ”First of all we are pleased with the Scottish government’s support of the buildup of our production capacity of Bovaer®, particularly within the context of COP26, where the importance of fast climate action through reduction of methane emissions is emphasized again. We are looking forward offering a scientifically proven effective solution to the challenge of methane emissions by farming. As food systems and climate crisis are intrinsically linked, addressing the challenge of sustainable animal farming for a healthy planet is pivotal.”
Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, said: “Methane reducing feed additives are a crucial part of the solutions that the agriculture sector needs to deploy towards achieving climate ambitions. This multi- million pound investment will make Scotland the home of this innovative product and highlights that Scotland is leading the way in delivering a net zero future.”
Scottish Enterprise’s Managing Director, Linda Hanna added: “Royal DSM’s Project Bovaer® has the potential to be a gamechanger for the world’s net zero ambitions and I am delighted that Scotland was chosen as the ideal location for this project. Alongside our partners, Scottish Enterprise worked closely with Royal DSM to build a strong relationship and provide support to help them choose Dalry as the target site for this global manufacturing opportunity. As we support sustainable economic recovery, this investment by Royal DSM provides a real boost for Scotland’s economy. It also very much underlines the message we are sharing with the world: that Scotland is open for business.”
North Ayrshire Council Leader Joe Cullinane said: “We are absolutely delighted that DSM has chosen its site in North Ayrshire, as the global manufacturing centre for the production of an innovative new feed additive which will cut methane emissions from cattle. It is incredible to think that it’s base in Dalry, located just 20 miles from the COP 26 venue, will be playing its part in addressing climate change across the world. This £100M plus investment will bring a hugely important and positive impact to the economy of North Ayrshire, with the welcome news that DSM’s current workforce of more than 300 employees is expected to increase by 10 per cent and a further 100 -150 construction jobs will be created during the two-year construction period. DSM has long been part of our manufacturing landscape. For over 60 years the plant in Dalry has been the only producer of vitamin C in the Western world. The announcement of this new pioneering product safeguards the existing jobs and continues to support the 230 local supply chain jobs connected with the site. Our Council declared a climate change emergency back in 2019, recognising that urgent action and leadership were required to tackle the effects of rising greenhouse gas emissions. We know that livestock farming has increasingly been in the spotlight for its impact on the environment and this product, which has been in research and development for ten years, will contribute to the significant and immediate reduction of the environmental footprint of meat and dairy production. I am immensely proud that the committed workforce of DSM will be part of this incredible advance in technology, which will see global benefits for the climate and environment.”
DSM recently launched a series of new quantifiable commitments aimed to address urgent societal and environmental challenges linked to how the world produces and consumes food by 2030, the Food System Commitments. These commitments cover three areas where the company believes it can make the greatest positive impact together with its business partners: Health for People, Health for Planet and Healthy Livelihoods. One of DSM’s commitments is to enable double-digit on-farm reduction of livestock emissions by 2030. DSM can help make a sizeable reduction in emissions from farms by changing the feed that animals eat every day. Bovaer® is a prime example: one quarter of a teaspoon per cow per day will consistently reduce enteric methane emission by approximately 30% – enabling a 10-12% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions per kilo of milk.
Bovaer® is a feed additive for cows researched and developed over 10 years by DSM. Just a quarter teaspoon of Bovaer® per cow per day consistently reduces enteric methane emission by approximately 30% for dairy cows and even higher percentages (up till 90%) for beef cows. The feed additive Bovaer® therefore contributes to a significant and immediate reduction of the environmental footprint of meat, milk and dairy products. Bovaer® is the most extensively studied and scientifically proven solution to the challenge of burped methane to date. Upon feeding, It takes effect immediately.
About DSM in Dalry
DSM Nutritional Products (UK) Ltd, is one of the region’s most prominent companies, employing over 300 staff and around 150 to 200 contractors at the Dalry production facility situated in North Ayrshire, 25 miles south-west of Glasgow. The site has been producing vitamins since 1958 and today the main production processes are Vitamin C, Calcium-D-Pantothenate (vitamin B5) and Panthenol (proVitamin B5).
All our vitamin forms produced at the Dalry facility serve the highly varied needs of the human and animal nutrition and health sectors, as well as the pharmaceutical industry and personal care industries.
The Dalry site is fully committed to sustainability for the future. We have delivered significant investment to demonstrate continued reduction of our CO₂ emissions, which has focused on technology improvements within our production processes and utilities operations. This work continues to identify further continuous improvement activity alongside development of step change opportunities.