Minister supports biodigesters

UK - Climate change minister Ian Pearson has voiced strong support for biodigesters on pig farms, reports the NPA's Digby Scott.
calendar icon 21 September 2006
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National Pig Association

NPA is active on members' behalf in Brussels & Whitehall, and with processors, supermarkets & caterers - fighting for the growth and pros-perity of the UK pig industry.

Referring to methane-making plans in Mexico, he said, "Mexico is one of the biggest producers and consumers of oil, so by using methane to generate clean electricity and heat on site, these projects are reducing reliance on a dirty, non-renewable source of power.

“The techniques that allow this energy to be produced at a lower cost can be replicated around Mexico and exported to the world.

"Pork production is increasingly shifting to developing countries and Mexico is a major producer. By pursuing projects like this one that support producers and local workers, improve the local environment and contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Mexico is playing a major international role and the UK is proud to support their efforts."

The minister may soon be invited to provide tangible support for similar schemes in Britain. NPA is to consider ways of promoting biodigesters, which provide green electricity, reduce the amount food going into landfill, and reduce the large quantities of nitrogen fertiliser and soya imported to Britain.

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