[ASC-media] Energetic Approach by Carbon Conscious Pork CRC

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Pork CRC Media Release - September 6, 2013


Energetic Approach by Carbon Conscious Pork CRC 


Australia's pork industry has embraced the benefits of on-farm biogas


According to Rob Wilson, Leader of CRC for High Integrity Australian Pork
(Pork CRC) 'Carbon conscious nutrient inputs and outputs' Program, biogas
energy suits the Australian pork industry because pork manure offers a high
yield to biogas and significant heat is needed on-farm at piggeries. 


Biogas is being used at Australian piggeries for direct heating via hot
water, or for combined heat and power, with on-site use and/or grid exports
of excess power. 


About eight per cent of Australia's national pork production is harvesting
biogas, with a further two per cent or so under construction and 10pc in
various stages of planning and development. More than 30pc is likely to be
using biogas energy by 2020. 


According to Dr Wilson, the most popular biogas systems have been unheated
conventional covered lagoons, because of their relatively low cost,
simplicity and low operator input requirements. 


"Also, space is not so restricted, with piggeries highly dispersed and our
prevailing warm climate leading to relatively modest seasonal fluctuations
in biogas flow." 


To drive biogas uptake at Australian and New Zealand piggeries, Pork CRC
funds the Bioenergy Support Program (BSP), led by Dr Stephan Tait at the
Advanced Water Management Centre, University of Queensland. 


The BSP promotes biogas energy, supports pork producers with site-based
biogas feasibility assessments, provides technical information and resources
to streamline adoption based on case study data from demonstration sites and
identifies and promotes targeted research to further benefit the pork


Adoption of biogas has been shown to be economically feasible at many sites,
with a significant positive return on investment over 10 years. 


Dr Wilson said that life cycle assessments of Australian pork supply chains
suggested the majority of greenhouse gas emissions for production are
methane emissions from effluent treatment and capturing and using biogas
on-site could reduce on-farm emissions by as much as 60-80pc. 


"This suggests the industry goal of on-farm emissions of around 1kgCo2-eq
per kg pork produced is achievable and that the Australian pork industry has
the potential to have the lowest global warming potential of pork production


"The future of biogas energy at Australian piggeries looks bright and with
the ongoing support of the Bioenergy Support Program through Pork CRC and
APL, opportunities are becoming realities across Australia," Dr Wilson said.


For further information on the BSP, contact Dr Stephan Tait, Email
<mailto:s.tait at uq.edu.au> s.tait at uq.edu.au



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MEDIA CONTACT: Dr Roger Campbell
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Pork CRC Biogas.docx/RW030913RC040913


Brendon Cant

Communications Manager

Tel +61 8 9430 9463

Mob +61 417 930 536


CRC for High Integrity Australian Pork



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