Rob Bolton of Greener for Life a company based in mid-Devon, which aims for farms to produce food and crops maximising energy efficiency with a minimum carbon footprint.
He shared about how they are working with farmers seeking to install Anaerobic Digestion technology, how renewables can improve profitability, energy security and increase food production and ways to best integrate renewables into current farming system.
Robs talk began with an insight into that food is where it’s all about, as a nation, as a planet, we’ve all got to feed ourselves. It’s intrinsic to farming systems and is intrinsic to the natural environment as well, and the way that they are bringing this together is to try combine all of these components in the most sustainable ecological friendly and commercially viable way so that the raw economy can sustain itself over the coming years.
Rob spoke about one area of their business is all about helping helping farmers particularly in the livestock sector to quantify exactly what their impact on their environment is. One way Greener for Life is doing this is by installing or offering the option to install 100 kilowatt Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plants on farms. The impact of 100 kw AD plant or dairy farm is substantial over the long term. Anaerobic Digestion is a biological system breaks down organic matter and produces a biogas which could which is predominantly methane and carbon dioxide and a few little traces of things like nitrous oxide, sulphites and other bits and pieces which you don’t really want. What they’re doing is with recycling and reusing farm farm waste materials or perceived farm wastes and turning them into a viable bio fertiliser.
Greener for Life are currently working at rolling out 10 small-scale hundred kilowatt AD plants in the Southwest region, and monitor this and use their accreditation scoring system across the whole farm to allow that farm to become Greener for Life accredited and that will have a knock-on effect in terms of adding value to the product the output whether it’s milk, beef or poultry to prove that that product from that farm has been produced by renewable energy and effective carbon greenhouse gas reduction systems and methods.
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