Environment Strategy Needs Your Views, Now

UK - The partners developing the Pig Industry Environment Strategy (PIES) are seeking the views and opinions of all stakeholders of British pig industry on the Draft Strategy Document.
calendar icon 2 May 2007
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BPEX, NPA, NFU, Defra and Environment Agency agree that implementing an environment strategy is a very important step for the entire pig sector. It will demonstrate that everyone involved recognises the challenges and opportunities presented by environmental issues and sustainable production.

BPEX is asking all concerned, be they producers, processors, suppliers, researchers, policy makers or regulators, to submit their views. A discussion document on what the strategy might look like is available from BPEX or on the website (PDF) and the executive wants your comments. Views can be either submitted on line at www.bpex.org.uk or by post or fax.

The closing date for submissions is 25 May 2007.

BPEX chairman Stuart Houston says a Pig Industry Environment Strategy, that is supported by all sectors, will enable the sector to work with a wide group of partners to minimise its impact on the environment. It should provide services that will benefit the environment and hopefully allow producers to secure better market returns because they will be producing ‘greener’ products.

This increased interaction will be strengthened by greater awareness that businesses should operate in a manner that meets or exceeds the environmental, ethical, legal and public expectations - in other words, working with a corporate social responsibility.

The aims of the Pig Industry Environment Strategy will be to:
  • Improve understanding of environmental issues by engaging and motivating the whole supply chain.
  • Interact with, and influence, the regulatory and policy-making processes and increase understanding and efficiency for the benefit of all.
  • Demonstrate that through improvements in environmental performance, including better use of resources on pig units, opportunities really do exist to deliver environmental and marketing gains.
  • Develop with researchers and regulators the tools and understanding needed to manage the environmental impact of pig production and fill in the knowledge gaps.
  • To provide a framework that will help justify and realise the price premium needed from consumers to provide the income necessary to drive and sustain environmental improvement in the whole pig sector.
Society is becoming more aware of the environment and pig industry must accept that its waste and by-products do have environmental implications. Customers are concerned about livestock production, the resources it uses and the carbon foot print. BPEX believes that if the British pig industry can demonstrate that it is addressing these issues positively and reducing its environmental impact this should curry favour with retailers and consumers.

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