Building on university research confirming greenhouse gas emission reductions from using its indoor growing technologies, CubicFarms’ HydroGreen’s division has entered into an agreement with Deloitte to develop a carbon commercialization program designed to provide high-quality carbon credits to a fast-growing global market.
New research data demonstrates that feeding cows fresh livestock feed grown indoors in the company’s Automated Vertical Pastures significantly reduces methane emissions.
HydroGreen’s commercial scale technology helps meet increasing demand for valuable farm-based inset and offset carbon credits from all manner of organizations with net-zero goals.
Feeding dairy cows HydroGreen fresh forage lowers methane emissions by approximately 24 per cent on a per unit milk output basis. Preliminary studies of beef cattle have demonstrated up to approximately 48 per cent lower methane emissions on a per kilogram weight gain basis.
As a greenhouse gas, methane’s 100-year global warming potential is up to 34 times greater than that of CO2.
Overall, every cow fed HydroGreen fresh forage reduces methane emissions by about one metric tonne of CO2 equivalents, per year, per animal.
“With about a third of global methane emissions coming from livestock, this data validates the GHG-reducing power of local chain ag-tech like never before,” said Dan Schmidt, President, HydroGreen.
“HydroGreen is unrivaled in the plant science and animal performance benefits of its automated indoor growing system for fresh forage. We’re excited to develop HydroGreen’s carbon program with Deloitte and ultimately make a huge difference in reducing global methane levels one cow at a time, every year, for years to come.”
Earlier this month, CubicFarms announced new data showing that as much as 62 percent less energy is used in a CubicFarm System module compared to results reported by other vertical farms.