Aussie pork producers have taken their first step towards lowering their carbon footprint with the release of a new Bioenergy Support Program.
With an Australian Pork Limited life cycle assessment having indicated more than two thirds of greenhouse gas emissions were generated from piggery effluent ponds and with more than 90 per cent of Australia’s pork production utilising ponds to manage effluent, a significant opportunity existed for industry to capture emissions for mitigation or utilisation.
According to Pork CRC CEO, Dr Roger Campbell, methane capture, utilisation and flaring, would be some of the most effective steps in realising the Pork CRC’s carbon target of one kilogram of carbon dioxide per one kilogram of meat.
“As part of Pork CRC Subprogram 4C, Carbon Neutral Pork Production, this project prioritises production, capture and use of methane from piggery effluent treated in covered anaerobic lagoons,” he said.
The Pork CRC Bioenergy Support Program, headed by Dr Stephan Tait, will be, effectively, a ‘one stop shop’ for Australian pork producers to find out everything they need to know to better manage piggery effluent and reduce their carbon footprint. The Program will provide independent advice on low-cost biogas options; details of suppliers; independent reviews of feasibility assessments; information on available funding and much more.
Tuesday 29 May, 2012/ Stock Journal/ Australia.