Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is an important goal for businesses trying to develop more sustainable operations. There is an economic benefit as well, as true reductions in emissions of greenhouse gases can be sold in the form of carbon offsets to business that are unable, or unwilling, to make sufficient reductions to meet government mandates.
Typically, one thinks of companies in the energy industry and heavy manufacturing sectors as having the greatest potential to introduce efficiencies that will result in greenhouse gas emissions reductions. However, a recent announcement from a company offering greenhouse gas emissions offsets came from a surprising source.
J. R. Simplot Company, the large potato grower and processor based in the state of Idaho (where else!), announced that its environmental improvement project has been successful in achieving meaningful greenhouse gas reductions. In fact it was so successful that the company is now offering to sell its greenhouse gas emissions credits to companies that need them to offset their own emissions.
The project was the installation of a biological digester that treated wastewater from a potato processing plant to create methane gas. The methane gas is burned to generate power for the factory on-site, reducing the need for natural gas to be piped into the plant. This reduction in the requirement to burn fossil-fuel derived natural gas is what creates the carbon offset for the company. According to the Voluntary Carbon Standard, a group that analyzes and verifies claims for greenhouse gas reductions and carbon offsets, the biological digester will reduce emissions by an equivalent of 175,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent over a 10 year period. This would be an effect similar to removing nearly 3000 cars from the roads each year according to the analysis by the Voluntary Carbon Standard.
This announcement by a potato grower and processor is en example of how forward thinking businesses can participate in developing more sustainable operations. A number of farming operations can likely benefit form similar measure to those taken at Simplot. In addition, the potential exists for many businesses across a wide range of industry sectors to introduce measures to create greater energy efficiency. If a business as seemingly mundane as a potato producer can create valuable carbon offsets, surely companies with far greater energy needs can find ways to capture energy-containing waste and convert it into renewable energy.
The announcement by the Idaho potato producer is a challenge to companies in all types of business areas to look a their operation and identify how energy can be saved and real reductions in greenhouse gases can be achieved.
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