A Massachusetts company has a great sustainability story to tell on Earth Day

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Vanguard Renewables Achieves Major Climate Milestones

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, USA, April 21, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Vanguard Renewables, a Boston-based organic-to-renewable energy company, has a lot to celebrate this Earth Day. Since 2014, Vanguard’s Farm Powered solution, which captures greenhouse gas emissions from dairy manure and food and beverage waste to create renewable energy, has sequestered nearly 500,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions and recycled more than 831,000 tonnes of organic waste, or the equivalent. the weight of over 5,000 Statues of Liberty, in their Farm Powered anaerobic digesters.

To put the greenhouse gas emissions numbers into perspective, this is the equivalent of any of the following statistics:
● Withdrawal of more than 104,000 cars from circulation for one year
● Planting nearly 8 million trees
● Generate the power to charge more than 160 million cell phones for one year

The company partners with food and beverage manufacturers including Cabot Creamery, Polar Beverages and Ben & Jerry’s (Unilever) to divert their inedible food and beverage waste to one of six Farm Powered Anaerobic Digesters from Vanguard located on generational dairy farms in Massachusetts and Vermont.

“When I founded Vanguard Renewables, I wanted to reinvent the way our country deals with food waste because we don’t do it very well,” said John Hanselman, founder and chief strategy officer of Vanguard Renewables. “More than 50 million tons of food are sent to landfills and incinerators in the United States each year. This equates to 1,000 of the RMS Titanic being filled with food waste every year. I’m so proud to share how our partnerships with farms and food and beverage manufacturers are helping to alleviate the climate crisis by turning waste into a force for good one dairy farm at a time.

Vanguard Renewables is doubling down on its mission to help reduce carbon emissions by building 100 additional anaerobic digesters on dairy farms in major metropolitan markets across the United States by 2026. Since its inception in 2014, the company has produced more than 82,000 MWh (megawatt hours) of renewable electricity and almost 75,000 MMBTU (million British thermal units) of renewable natural gas.

“It’s a team effort; our accomplishments are not possible without our dairy farm and food and beverage waste management partners like Cabot Creamery,” said Neil H. Smith, CEO of Vanguard Renewables. “With our operational track record and the trust of our partners, Vanguard is uniquely positioned to help our country meet its ambitious emissions goals by 2030.”

New England-based Cabot Creamery, a food industry leader in sustainability, was an early adopter of diverting inedible organic waste from a municipal wastewater treatment plant.
Vanguard Renewables’ Farm Powered anaerobic digesters and the purchase of waste-derived energy to power its facilities. Since working with Vanguard Renewables to recycle its organic waste, Cabot has recycled nearly 30,000 tons of inedible food waste and purchased nearly 37 million kilowatts of energy to power its factories.

This effort has sequestered approximately 17,000 tons of greenhouse gases, which is equivalent to taking nearly 4,000 cars off the road each year, planting more than 275,000 trees, and more than 5.5 million people recharging their batteries. cell phone every year. Additionally, the unavoidable waste from Cabot’s manufacturing operations has produced enough renewable energy to power the equivalent of 681,000 buses per year. In addition to this impact, Cabot purchases some of the energy generated from its waste in the farm’s anaerobic digesters to power its manufacturing plant in West Springfield, Massachusetts.

“We value our collaboration with Vanguard Renewables as a model for using on-farm anaerobic digestion technology to maximize the value of cow manure while reducing food waste and generating renewable energy,” said Bill Beaton, CEO of Agri-Mark/Cabot Creamery. Cooperative. “This is a wonderful example of our farms and manufacturing facilities working together to create award-winning closed-loop solutions.”

Vanguard Renewables Farm Powered Anaerobic Digesters are located on generational dairy farms, recycling daily food waste and manure into renewable energy. The by-products of the anaerobic digestion process include a low-carbon, highly nutritious and nearly odorless liquid fertilizer that saves Vanguard’s agricultural partners the substantial expense of purchasing now expensive chemical fertilizers and supports regenerative agriculture practices; another by-product is the bedding from the herd which is recycled in the digester.

About Vanguard Renewables
Vanguard Renewables is a national leader in developing projects to turn food and dairy waste into renewable energy. The Company is committed to advancing decarbonization by reducing farm greenhouse gas emissions and food waste and supporting regenerative agriculture at partner farms. Vanguard co-founded the industry-leading Farm Powered Strategic Alliance (FPSA) alongside food industry leaders Dairy Farmers of America, Unilever and Starbucks to develop a circular solution for food waste reduction and recycling, and decarbonization of manufacturing and the supply chain. The company owns and operates six on-farm anaerobic digestion facilities in the Northeast and plans to expand to more than 100 sites nationwide by 2026. Established relationships and natural gas offtake agreements renewable natural gas with national utilities, including Dominion Energy, Enbridge, ONE Gas, National Grid, and Eversource, and its strategic alliance with Dairy Farmers of America, positions the Company to significantly increase the production and delivery of renewable natural gas to United States to commercial and residential customers across the country. To learn more about Vanguard Renewables, Farm Powered Organic Waste Management Solutions, the FPSA and its members, and Vanguard’s many awards and accolades, visit the website.


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