The ERBS is a multi-stakeholder organisation focused on European beef sustainability from farm to fork. The ERBS unites and coordinates sustainability programmes around a common agenda to deliver measurable and positive impact within the beef value chain. The ERBS is aligned to the principles of the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB) and other major international bodies. It has a membership of over 24 major processor, retailer, food service and allied industry members across the European Region. The ERBS currently has six aligned platforms operating in France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Poland and UK. LMC is a Board member of ERBS. Recognising that Europe has diverse production systems and climates the ERBS welcomes and supports stakeholders to develop their own approach in a locally relevant way.
The ERBS aim goes beyond compliance to demonstrate continuous improvement and work towards measurable sustainability outcomes.
To achieve this, ERBS consulted and agreed on four action areas that focus on eight outcome targets to align all Platforms within European countries.
Action Area 1: Environment
- An intensity reduction of 15% in GHG farm emissions by 2025 from a 2015 baseline.
Action Area 2: Animal Medicines
- Total usage of antibiotics below 10mg/PCU by 2023.
- Reductions of 50% in the use of HP-CIAs by 2023 from a 2016 baseline.
Action Area 3: Animal Health and Welfare
- Target mortality rates are below 1.5% (for systems with mortality rates above this target, a year-on-year reduction of 20% should be achieved from a 2019 baseline).
- All animals have access to loose housing (when housed) by 2030.
- All animals are given pain relief (analgesics) for all surgical procedures and for all forms of castration, dehorning and disbudding.
Action Area 4: Farm Management
- A reduction in serious accidents on farm and a reduction in fatalities with an overall target of zero.
- Financially viable farms that have a business plan in place.
Find out more here: European Roundtable for Beef Sustainability — SAI Platform