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October 2006


Pig waste wins Clean Development approval

London— An innovative series of projects that generate electricity from pig waste in Mexico have been approved under the Clean Development Mechanism.

Climate Change Minister Ian Pearson welcomed the approval of the 31 small-scale projects, which bring the number of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) approved projects with UK participation to 124.

The 31 Mexican projects use methane gas recovered from pig waste at piggeries run by Granjas Carroll, and will mitigate 310,000 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent every year by reducing reliance on the Mexican electricity grid.

The environmental benefits include an overall decrease in greenhouse gas emissions, improved air quality, an improvement in waste water quality, nd potential for its use in irrigation by neighboring farms instead of being dumped into waterways.

The projects will also create local skilled jobs involved in manufacturing, installing, operating and maintaining equipment and additional employment opportunities in the agri-industrial sector as a result of using recycled water for irrigation on surrounding farms.

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