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
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