Every two years, the Australian Renderers Association (ARA) hosts its flagship event, the ARA International Symposium, drawing industry leaders, researchers, and practitioners from across the globe. In 2024, the 17th iteration of the symposium is gearing up to be an engaging, topical, and informative experience, with a theme that is resonating deeply with our industry: Sustainability and The Circular Bioeconomy.
A Global Gathering for Industry Advancement
The ARA International Symposium has established itself as a pivotal platform where key stakeholders converge to exchange insights, explore the latest trends, address industry challenges, and seize emerging opportunities. Whether you are a seasoned professional or a newcomer, the ARA International Symposium is an indispensable resource for staying abreast of the industry’s dynamic landscape.
A Focus on Sustainability
Australia’s rendering industry is playing an increasingly pivotal role in championing sustainability and the circular bioeconomy. Currently over 2.7 million tonnes of animal material that would otherwise end up in landfill is processed into valuable fat, oil, and protein products annually.
We take a look at some of the essential environmental benefits of the rendering industry today.
- Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Promoting Resource Efficiency
The rendering industry plays a critical role in diverting valuable animal material away from landfills, where it would otherwise release methane, a potent greenhouse gas. This practice not only mitigates greenhouse gas emissions but also aligns with the broader goal of resource efficiency.
- Lowering Energy and Water Consumption
Comparatively, rendering facilities excel in energy and water conservation when contrasted with alternative animal waste disposal methods like incineration, which can be energy-intensive and emit air pollutants. The rendering industry’s commitment to minimising its environmental footprint is evident in its sustainable practices.
- Embracing the Circular Bioeconomy
At the heart of sustainability lies the circular bioeconomy, and the rendering industry is becoming an integral participant. It transforms animal by-products into valuable products, including animal feed, pet food, and biodiesel. By doing so, it diminishes the demand for virgin materials, taking significant strides towards building a more sustainable bioeconomy.
- Ensuring Food Security
Rendered products produced by the industry play a crucial role in animal feed and pet food, bolstering food security by providing a reliable source of nutrition for livestock and pets alike. This contribution underscores the industry’s role in addressing global food challenges.
- Supporting Local Communities
Beyond its environmental contributions, the rendering industry serves as an economic cornerstone for local communities, particularly in regional areas where many facilities are located. By providing employment opportunities and stimulating economic growth, rendering businesses strengthen the very communities they call home.
As we anticipate the 17th ARA International Symposium we look forward to a valuable exploration into sustainable solutions and how the industry can further contribute to a cleaner environment. The benefits are not only potential cost savings and reputation enhancement, but a more prosperous future for Australia and its communities.