About 'Advancing sustainable animal products (ASAP)'

It is our joint task to enhance the sustainability of animal products on the international market. Our markets in Northwest Europe depend on each other. For this reason, cooperation between these countries is important. Together, we can make sure that the market incentivises the next step towards sustainability in the value chains for animal products.

The Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (LNV) would like to stimulate this cooperation, together with governments, businesses and civil-society organisations at home and abroad. To do so, the project ‘Advancing sustainable animal products (ASAP)’ was established in 2020. As part of the project, a series of workshops was organized, leading up to the ASAP conference on 2 December 2020. During this conference, stakeholders representing the whole food value chain from Northwest European countries (e.g. the Netherlands, Germany, France, Denmark, and Belgium) were present and discussed proposals for future cooperation. For more information on the 2020 ASAP conference (hyperlink) and the workshops (hyperlink), please visit their respective pages.

In preparation of the conference, a call for contributions has been set out. Stakeholders are invited to contribute ambitions and put forward challenges for sustainability and animal welfare, in search for Northwest European cooperation. The contributions will be given a spotlight at the conference (depending on time and relevance).

In 2021, the ASAP project continues with three working groups on the following themes:

  • MOP+ scheme for animal welfare; 
  • Integrated sustainability dashboard;
  • Financing the transition towards sustainable animal products.

The three themes emerged from the discussions with the stakeholders during the workshops and the conference of 2020. To see which partners are currently already involved, and to find more information on the working groups, please visit the dedicated page. If you are interested in joining one or multiple of the working groups, please get in touch via the contact page.