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Joint press release: BASF and Evonik join forces to reduce the environmental footprint of the animal feed and animal protein industries

  • Global Science-Based Companies Reach Deal to Enable Transparent Environmental Assessment and Accelerate Impact Reduction in the Animal Protein Value Chain
  • The cooperation combines BASF’s in-depth experience in value chain sustainability in animal nutrition with Evonik’s in-depth knowledge of animal feed formulation and customer insights.

BASF and Evonik have entered into an agreement granting Evonik certain non-exclusive license rights to Opteinics™ – BASF’s digital solution for increasing understanding and reducing the environmental footprint of the animal feed and animal protein industries. Evonik integrates Opteinics™ ready-to-use digital sustainability platform into its global food advisory services. Combining BASF’s Opteinics™ digital sustainability solution with Evonik’s innovative farm management tools and sustainability services will help customers produce more sustainable animal feed and protein.

Opteinics™ is a software solution launched by BASF in 2021 to measure, analyze and minimize the environmental impact of animal proteins, with a focus on animal feed production. Currently, the software offers modules for pig and poultry production and can be integrated with feed formulation software.

Opteinics™ for Pork has recently been fully verified to comply with ISO 14040 and 14044 LCA standards as well as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Livestock Environmental Assessment & Performance (LEAP) partnership guidelines . Applications for the dairy value chain and for the optimization of compound feed mixtures will soon follow.

With the use of Opteinics™, Evonik can help the livestock industry even better to make significant progress in fighting climate change, safeguarding ecosystems and ensuring health and well-being all working to achieve sustainable food production.

“BASF has more than 25 years of expertise in life cycle assessment. Based on our extensive knowledge of improving sustainability, we have independently developed Opteinics™. With Evonik, we have a strong partner for making it a preferred and leading solution as a digital sustainability platform for the global animal feed industry,” says Manuel Rez, Director Global Product Management Performance Ingredients & Solutions and Marketing BASF Animal Nutrition.

“We are integrating BASF’s off-the-shelf Opteinics™ software into our end-to-end sustainability solutions for our customers,” says Dr. Stefan Mack, Services Marketing Manager in Evonik’s Animal Nutrition Business Line. . “Together with Evonik’s global sustainable food consulting services, this will help deliver expert knowledge, based on decades of extensive expertise, research and data.”

BASF and Evonik are already targeting new developments in digital sustainability offerings, as they both aim to help the animal production sector become more sustainable.

About BASF

At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Around 111,000 employees of the BASF Group contribute to the success of our customers in almost every industry and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio comprises six segments: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition and Care, and Agricultural Solutions. BASF achieved sales of 78.6 billion euros in 2021. BASF shares are traded on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (BAS) and as American Depositary Receipts (BASFY) in the United States. More information at

About Evonik

Evonik is one of the world leaders in specialty chemicals. The company is active in over 100 countries worldwide and generated revenue of €15 billion and operating profit (adjusted EBITDA) of €2.38 billion in 2021. Evonik goes far beyond chemistry to create innovative, profitable and sustainable solutions for its customers. Around 33,000 employees work together for a common goal: we want to improve lives today and tomorrow.