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EcoSecurities logs 22 pig farm methane projects

by 5m Editor
10 November 2006, at 10:20am

DUBLIN - EcoSecurities has registered 22 projects in Mexico and the Philippines that will burn methane from pig waste to generate carbon credits rich countries can use to meet Kyoto greenhouse gas emissions targets.

EcoSecurities, one of the world's leading companies in the business of originating, creating and trading carbon credits, announces the registration of 22 Methane Recovery and Electricity Generation projects under the Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). The projects are planned and in some cases underway at a series of pig farms in Mexico and the Philippines. Each project calls for construction of a covered in-ground anaerobic reactor to convert animal waste into biogas, an energy source that can be used to generate clean electricity on the sites.

Eighteen of the 22 projects, planned in the Mexican states of Puebla and Veracruz, were developed by EcoSecurities in conjunction with Cargill and Granjas Carroll de Mexico (GCM), The additional 4 projects, in the Phillipine provinces of Tarlac and Bulacan, were developed by EcoSecurities and Philippine BioSciences Co. (PhilBio).

These projects will reduce greenhouse gas emissions produced by the release of methane from wastewater lagoons. Combined, the projects have the potential to generate over 131,000 Certificates of Emission Reduction (CERs) per year.

EcoSecurities Implementation & Monitoring Manager Jessica Orrego states, "The registration of these projects represents a significant achievement, not just from the sizeable reductions achieved in greenhouse gas emissions but also in other environmental and sustainable development benefits such as the elimination of odour, additional employment opportunities and diversification of energy sources".

The CDM is an article of the Kyoto Protocol which allows industrialised countries with a greenhouse gas reduction commitment (so-called Annex 1 countries) to invest in emission reducing projects in developing countries and count them towards their Kyoto targets.

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