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How AD Could Help The Food Sector Become Low Carbon


Every industry is going to have to do its part to help the UK transition to being a net-zero economy by 2050. For the country’s food industry, there are several ways in which it could lower its carbon emissions, according to Food Manufacture.

Among them is investing in anaerobic digestion (AD) facilities that will enable businesses in the sector to convert waste into energy.

In addition, the news provider pointed out that the output organic material that comes from the AD process is “rich in nutrients and can replace chemical-based fertilisers in agriculture”.

What’s more, if businesses in the food industry replaced the vehicles they currently use in their supply chain for those that use biofuels they could further reduce their carbon emissions. This could, in fact, feed into a circular economy.

As the publication explained, vehicles that are powered by renewable fuels could be used in every part of the supply chain. It added that there are opportunities within AD that don’t require substantial investment from businesses once the AD facilities are established.

These include making sure that food waste is diverted to existing AD facilities and purchasing green gas certificates to offset any gas purchased from traditional sources.

Introducing more use of anaerobic digestion within the agriculture sector could be particularly beneficial for the climate, with a study conducted earlier this year by Aarhus University on behalf of the Danish Energy Agency revealing that there is an overall environmental and climate benefit from degassing within the agricultural industry.

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