Agriculture practices release methane gas into the atmosphere. Methane gas has a global warming potential 21 times greater than carbon. But what if farmers could turn the methane their farms produce into power instead of emissions?
Michael and Edwina Beveridge at Blantyre Farms in Young are leading the way in this practice. In 2011, their farm installed a biogas generator to capture the methane from pig manure. Their farm became the first in the country to be part of the Carbon Farming Initiative program.
By turning the methane into electricity, the farm has created 2000 megawatts of electricity per year and cancelled out the farm’s entire electricity bill. The generator also helps create heat for the piglets, as well as removing the equivalent of 65,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere. The farm uses many other sustainability practices and was a deserved Green Globe Award winner for Resource Efficiency in 2018.