A portion of the funds will be provided by the Government of Canada as part of its initiative to help meat processors reduce their environmental footprint.
This public-private collaboration for creating energy from waste that otherwise would be destined for a landfill, is the first of its type in North America, and the largest single waste-to-energy project Cargill has undertaken on the continent.
John Keating, president of Cargill Beef, said: “Using existing technology, we will install specialised equipment that will make our High River beef processing facility the most sustainable and environmentally friendly beef processing facility in the world.”
Once it is in operation, the new system will eliminate 21,000 metric tons of fossil fuel emissions annually, in addition to mitigating the facility’s electric energy requirements by producing 1.4 megawatts of power.
“The High River waste-to-energy project is another step in the right direction, and one that could potentially be replicated at our other beef processing facilities around the world, which would be a gratifying achievement,” said Keating.
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