Sustainable Development Goals
SOP supports the United Nations Global Compact initiative (founded to encourage companies all over the world to adopt sustainable politics with regards to corporate social responsibility) and is actively committed to the realization of the 17 SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) and to help its customers to do the same.
SDG 1. NO POVERTY: SOP helps its customers to improve production, reducing costs for fertilization, raw materials and energy, improving, in this way, the profitability of the farm. The SOP products can be used in any part of the world, even in the most disadvantaged and arid areas, improving productivity and increasing the capacity to adapt to climate change.
SDG 2. ZERO HUNGER: The use of the SOP products gives the opportunity to improve agricultural production (of milk, meat, cereals, corn, rice ...), offering more, better quality food and increasing the capacity to adapt to climate change.
SDG 3. GOOD HEALTH & WELLBEING: The use of the SOP products leads to a drastic reduction in ammonia emissions (precursor of PM2.5) from the fields, barn and liquid manure. This contributes to improving air quality in the surrounding area.
SDG 4. QUALITY EDUCATION: Our customers are committed to the dissemination of their own good sustainability practises, supported by the use of the SOP products, by training their own collaborators, organising visits to their farms, making online testimonials and conferences.
SDG 5. GENDER EQUALITY: The SOP products, by reducing odor and ammonia, help to create a better working environment for all the farm workers. The SOP products reduce or eliminate the need for synthetic fertilizers, the movement of which requires arduous physical strength, especially for women. Furthermore, the women often have the responsibility of looking after the calves so the reduction of ammonia in the calf pens gives them better working conditions, too.
SDG 6. CLEAN WATER & SANITATION: The SOP products limit the quantity of nitrates in the liquid manure, the quantity of synthetic fertilizer used on the fields and the quantity of antibiotics required for the animals, consequently limiting contamination of the ground water.
SDG 7. AFFORDABLE & CLEAN ENERGY: The SOP products improve the efficiency of Biogas digesters which use waste substrates to produce electricity. By improving the fluidity of the liquid manure, the necessity for agitation and the consequent energy consumption is reduced or eliminated. The reduction or elimination of the use of synthetic fertilizers brought about by the use of the SOP products, results in a reduction in the energy used for their distribution on the fields and a reduction or elimination of the LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) impact.
SDG 8. DECENT WORK & ECONOMIC WORK: The SOP products help reduce costs for medicines, fertilizers and energy and render the productive processes more efficient, improving, in this way, farm profitability. By reducing odor and ammonia emissions in the barn and in liquid manure spreading, workers can live and work in significantly better conditions. Furthermore, the positive ROI obtainable with SOP, for both livestock and crops, means that a part of the profit can be invested towards pay rises for the employees.
SDG 9. INDUSTRY, INNOVATION & INFRASTRUCTURE: Farms already invest a lot in the improvement of communication between barn and field; the reduction of ammonia in the barn, obtained by the use of the SOP products, means that there is less deterioration of the farm structures. By becoming a sustainable farm, by striving to meet the SDGs and especially by mitigating Greenhouse gases and adapting to climate change by using the SOP products, farmers can improve their financial rating, receive "green" finances and be able to grow and invest in innovation.
SDG 10. REDUCED INEQUALITIES: Farms are places of inclusion, employing workers from all around the world. The reduction of odor and ammonia in the barn creates a better working environment for everyone involved in the running of a farm. The use of the SOP products improves the resistance and adaptability of the crops to climate change, even in more difficult areas, in this way, maintaining competitivity in production. By striving to meet the SDGs it is possible and more achievable to have access to state aid for development.
SDG 11. SUSTAINABLE CITIES & COMMUNITIES: The SOP products result in a reduction of odor and ammonia from the barn and liquid manure, greatly limiting the impact of the farm activities on the surrounding community, contributing to better air quality, avoiding the devaluation of housing. The improved conditions of the farm (odor) and crops (chemical substances) improve the economic, social and environmental relationships between urban, suburban and rural areas.
SDG 12. RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION & PRODUCTION: The SOP products help our customers to render their production systems more efficient, by reducing synthetic fertilization and increasing their production of milk or meat without increasing the consumption of feed.
SDG 13. CLIMATE ACTION: The use of the SOP products means that the farmer can mitigate the formation and emission of Greenhouse gases from the fields by reducing the use of synthetic fertilizers, from the barn by mitigating enteric emissions from the animals and from the liquid manure, in storage and spreading.
SDG 14. LIFE BELOW WATER: The drastic reduction in ammonia emissions obtained by using the SOP products, results in a reduction of the farm's impact on the acidification of water courses. The reduction in the use of synthetic fertilizers means that there is less eutrophication of the surface waters and consequently the seas (eg. cyanobacteria in lakes and marine habitats).
SDG 15. LIFE ON LAND: The use of the SOP products results in a reduction in ammonia emissions and the use of synthetic fertilizers mitigating the farm's impact on the soil, limiting its acidification and pollution from nitrates, promoting fertility and improving its adaptability to climate change.
SDG 16. PEACE, JUSTICE & STRONG INSTITUTIONS: The use of the SOP products helps farmers to better respect the environmental laws regarding sustainable development. Furthermore, the reduction of odor and synthetic fertilizers improves social peace with neighbors and the surrounding community.
SDG 17. PARTNERSHIP FOR THE GOALS: Our customers, by using the SOP products, are able to promote their own good sustainability practices with institutions, the press and with other parties of the food industry. The food companies and farmers that choose to use the SOP products are able to create a virtuous chain and collaborate with institutions as part of the solution instead of being the origin of the problem.
The SOP products, furthermore, help farmers to mitigate their direct and indirect CO2 equivalent emissions, by satisfying the three scopes individualised by the IPCC (Intergovernamental Panel on Climate Change):
SCOPE 1 - DIRECT EMISSIONS: reduce emissions from liquid manure, enteric emissions from cattle and emissions from fertilizers on the fields.
SCOPE 2 - INDIRECT EMISSIONS FROM ELECTRICITY: reduce energy consumption for the agitation and pumping of liquid manure, for the forced ventilation of the barn environment (which then becomes less saturated with ammonia and odors) and for the spreading of synthetic fertilizers.
SCOPE 3 - INDIRECT EMISSIONS: limit/eliminate the use of synthetic fertilizers to limit emissions linked to their production and transport (LCA).