Sustainability Development Goals

The impact of Phycom

In 2015 the UN launched 17 Sustainable Development Goals as an action plan for a better and more sustainable world for all by 2030. At Phycom, we focus on a couple of these goals that we believe we can most strongly impact with our mission. The sustainable impact of microalgae is threefold: microalgae provide a large quantity of nutritious food, minimise the environmental impacts of food production and contribute to a healthier global population by providing nutrients of which our diet has become deficient.

Microalgae take pressure off endangered ecosystems by providing a more sustainable alternative to food products grown with unsustainable agricultural practices. Thus, our microalgae strongly impact sustainability in food production and consumption that can be well understood using six SDG’s as a framework.

Phycom's SDG-focus


Phycom impacts #2 Zero Hunger most strongly.
Our main goal is to bridge the food gap: heterotrophic microalgae provide a large amount of nutritious food, which is vital to sustaining and nourishing a healthy world population (FAO). A more balanced diet also improves global health and prevents diseases. This highlights our high impact on #3 Good Health & Well-being.
Heterotrophic algae also redesign conventional food production and the innovative fermentation process is constantly renewed to improve resource-efficiency. This shows our intermediate to high impact on #9 Innovation, Industry and Infrastructure. SDG#9 also strongly focuses on inclusive industrialization and infrastructure. Our current production facility(s) in the Netherlands does not contribute significantly to these goals, but future expansion of a production facility to developing countries would enhance our impact. As we maximise our output of nutritious food we minimise our environmental footprint. Our microalgae are in general more sustainable than animal-derived protein. This is why we have an intermediate impact on #12 Sustainable Production & Consumption. Lastly, our positive impact on #14 Life below Water and #15 Life on Land is secondary and smaller.

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