Chantal is Innovation Excellence Manager at the Innovation Center of DSM. She’s passionate about breakthrough innovation, which in her opinion can often only become truly successful in close collaboration with stakeholders in the ecosystem.
In her role she is leading DSM’s enabling effort to create and enjoy maximum benefit from its innovation portfolio. Coaching project and executive teams toward maximum impact in business modelling, business case validation, launch and marketing planning. Over the last 4 years Chantal has focused for a large part on the project on enteric methane reduction from ruminants.
In addition she supports DSM’s Innovation Council in development and implementation of DSM’s innovation strategy.
Chantal has a Master in Finance and an MBA. Prior to DSM, she has worked in management consulting, FMCG product development, and business development in telecommunications.
Making cows burp less methane
The global demand for dairy is expected to increase strongly. The major challenge for the global dairy sector is how to help nourish a growing population in a sustainable way.
Every day a high producing dairy cow will emit around 500 liters of methane – a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. How does it work? The stomachs of cows host a complex ecosystem of microorganisms that break down their hard-to-digest food; a small proportion of these microorganisms also produce the methane emitted by dairy cows. This process is responsible for about 4% of the total global greenhouse gas emissions – and thus is a major contributor to global warming.
These emissions not only pollute the environment, they also consume about 10% of the energy a cow could otherwise use for among others milk production.
At DSM Nutritional Products, we focused a broad combination of competences and bright minds, both internally and externally, on developing a feed additive to address this issue: 3-NOP.
Although not yet expected to be on the market till 2019 (once regulatory approval is given) trials of this new feed additive demonstrate a 30%-plus reduction in methane emissions with no negative impact on animal welfare, feed consumption or performance. In fact, the project confirmed what scientists long suspected: methane production is a waste of the animal’s total available energy. When this energy loss is reduced, performance improvement can be expected. Currently, trials are ongoing to further specify these additional benefits of the compound.
If adopted by the agricultural industry, this methane inhibitor could have a significant positive impact on greenhouse gas emissions from the livestock sector.
The development of the compound has been done in close cooperation with a wide network of scientific institutes and universities.
DSM Nutritional Products, is one of the world’s leading producers of essential nutrients such as vitamins, carotenoids, nutritional lipids and other ingredients to the feed, food, pharmaceutical and personal care industries. DSM Nutritional Products is part of Royal DSM, a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials, which has consistently been recognized for integrating sustainability into its business.