Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling
Björn Kok is a doctoral candidate at the Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling, pursuing a PhD focused on investigating the environmental impacts of aquaculture, with an emphasis on exploring novel feed ingredients. Concurrently, Björn works as a sustainability consultant at Blonk Consultants within the agro-food industry.
Passionate about sustainable food production, Björn’s research and work revolve around quantifying the environmental footprint of aquaculture production and the potential of novel feed ingredients to reduce this footprint – primarily by conducting comprehensive Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) for various products and systems.
Björn holds a master’s degree in Sustainable Development, with a specialization in Energy and Materials, obtained from Utrecht University in 2019. Prior to this, he completed a Bachelor’s program in Water Management/Aquatic Ecotechnology at the HZ University of Applied Sciences.
|Session 7||Future Proofing of Asia’s Shimp Aquaculture|
|Presentation||Unleashing Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for a Thriving and Sustainable Shrimp Aquaculture Sector|
As the demand for seafood continues to grow, the shrimp aquaculture industry faces significant environmental and social challenges. At the same time, more and more consumers are becoming aware of the environment and start demanding sustainable products. To address these challenges and ensure sustainable practices, the adoption of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is becoming more common. LCA quantifies the environmental impact of a product throughout its life across various environmental impacts such as climate change, land use, water use, and eutrophication, allowing for a comprehensive evaluation of the environmental impacts associated with shrimp aquaculture.
In this presentation, we will dive into the application of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) in shrimp aquaculture value chains, emphasizing its importance in driving sustainable practices. LCA plays a vital role in identifying environmental hotspots and uncovering opportunities for effective mitigation strategies, contributing to informed decision-making. Additionally, it opens doors to eco-certification programs and premium markets, where the demand for sustainable products is rapidly growing.
We will explore case studies within the shrimp aquaculture industry, revealing the positive outcomes achieved through the integration of LCA. Demonstrating how LCA can be harnessed as a powerful tool to help shape a sustainable shrimp aquaculture industry.