Dominion Energy of Virginia and Vanguard Renewables Ag of Massachusetts are teaming up to purchase methane from dairy farms and convert it into a natural gas, AP reports.
The $200 million partnership aims to take methane, a greenhouse gas produced when cow manure breaks down, and turn it into a renewable, useful source of electricity for thousands of homes.
Initially, the project will work with farms in New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Nevada and Georgia.
“This is a huge win for the environment, for family farms and for our customers,” said Ryan Childress, director of gas partnership business development at Dominion Energy. “It’s exciting to cross industries to team up agriculture and energy.”
Digester tanks equipped with bladders would collect the methane and pipe it to Dominion for processing, preventing much of the greenhouse gas from escaping into the atmosphere.
Dominion has invested heavily in other renewables, as well, including solar and on-shore and off-shore wind farms.
Could your ice cold Coke one day come from a paper (or wood fiber) bottle that breaks down after it’s used?
It’s possible, according to a very early stage project by Paboco. The name is short for paper bottle company.
It’s a cooperative effort of Coca-Cola, Absolut, Carlsberg and L’Oreal, according to Greenbiz.com.
“Together, they are working on prototypes of bio-based containers of varying shapes and sizes that use wood fiber, rather than glass or some form of fabric, to hold anything from lotions to carbonated beverages (a particularly thorny challenge).”
Among the many challenges is how to build a wood fiber bottle that can keep out oxygen and withstand being exposed to water vapor. Some companies are incorporating a thin plastic film inside the bottle — made of recycled material. However, the ultimate goal is a fully wood fiber product that’s made from trees that are responsible harvested and replanted.
Coca-Cola is working toward a pledge of making all of its packaging recycle by 2025 and using 50 percent renewable or recyclable materials in everything it makes by 2030.
Carlsberg has already produced some prototype bottles (pictured above).
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