Livestock operations can create significant environmental problems. Carbon emissions, odour, water and land contamination, can result from storing and disposing of animal waste. These pig farms are addressing this problem by installing anaerobic digesters to capture and combust the resulting biogas rather than it being emitted through open air lagoons.
The improved treatment of waste also results in benefiting local communities by improving local water quality and increasing local employment of skilled labour for the fabrication, installation, operation and maintenance of the specialised equipment.
These VER’s are sourced from a number of bundled projects located in Mexico and Brazil.
The projects involve changing the Animal Waste Management System (AWMS) at swine feeding operations from an open lagoon process to an anaerobic digester thereby producing GHG Emission Reductions via the capturing and destruction of methane. The projects, MX05-B-05, Jalisco and MX05-B-08, Sonora, are validated UNFCCC CDM projects and are additional to regulatory requirements.
The pre-compliant VER’s are verified by TUV SUD to the IPCC approved Animal Waste Management Protocol and are registered in a CDM approved and third party verified data management system to ensure there is no double counting.
Contribution to Sustainable Development
In addition to the environmental benefits created by the emission reductions, the projects deliver additional benefits such as;
- Reduced odour.
- Improved water quality, the latter of which is critical to protect human health.
- Permanent local employment of skilled labour for the fabrication, installation, operation and ongoing maintenance of the specialised equipment.
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