COP26 – the animal health sector’s role in sustainability

Ahead of COP26, NOAH and the animal health industry as a whole is supporting the drive towards sustainability and helping the UK reach Net Zero by 2050.

  1. NOAH’s Environmental Commitment

NOAH and our members are working to promote sustainability across the animal health industry, using the power of innovation to help the UK reach Net Zero by 2050. We have established a dedicated Environment and Sustainability committee to bring together leading players within our industry and look at how we can achieve this. NOAH has already taken concrete steps to improve its environmental footprint. For example, NOAH’s 2022 Compendium book (which promotes responsible use by providing up-to-date information on over a thousand animal medicines to prescribers and users of animal medicines) will be the last to be produced as a physical copy. Going forward, the Compendium will be entirely digital, through its free website and app. At 2,000 pages per copy, this decision will greatly reduce NOAH’s environmental footprint and promote sustainability and best practice across our membership and its customers.

  1. Driving Sustainability Across the Industry

NOAH’s members are playing a leading role in driving sustainability across UK farming and securing a green economic recovery. They are working to bring about more sustainable farming across the UK, by helping to keep animals healthy. In particular, we are great supporters of the power of vaccines! Not only do our members develop brand new vaccines, but we advocate for better vaccine strategies using the range of products already available for vets and farmers. Vaccines play a major role in making farming more sustainable. Did you know that vaccination against endemic disease has been proven to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions while also being cost-effective?

  1. The Power of Green Innovation

NOAH’s members are at the forefront of delivering cutting-edge innovations which directly contribute to more sustainable precision farming and food production in the UK and around the world! Heathier animals have a reduced environmental footprint, and NOAH members have developed innovative tools which help prevent animal diseases and ensure that they are diagnosed and treated with greater accuracy. Preventing disease on farms builds resilience for the UK farming sector while ensuring food is produced in a more sustainable and environmentally friendly manner. Research has shown that improving animal health, genetics and husbandry can cut livestock emissions by 30% – making a huge contribution to Net Zero efforts!

Notes for Editors

  1. For more information please contact Alison Glennon glennon@noah.co.uk or see www.noah.co.uk

  2. NOAH represents the UK animal health industry. It promotes the benefits of safe, effective, quality products and services for the health and welfare of all animals.

  3. For more information on the role of the animal health sector and the importance of healthy animals to sustainability, see information from HealthforAnimals https://www.healthforanimals.org/importance-of-animals/sustainability/ and AnimalhealthEurope https://www.animalhealtheurope.eu/our-contribution/9-agricultural-production.html