Methane is 84-times more potent in trapping heat than carbon dioxide (CO2) over a 20-year period, and is thought to have caused approximately 30% of global heating to date. It however is a short-lived molecule in the atmosphere, breaking down within 12-15 years, compared to CO2, which persists in the atmosphere for centuries.
Therefore, if we can prevent methane from entering the atmosphere we can make a rapid and immediate impact on reducing the effects of climate change.
Our approach will support the achievement of the Global Methane Pledge (GMP) made at the COP26 conference to reduce man-made methane emissions by at least 30% from 2020 levels by 2030.
By means of our technologies, use of the RumenGlas ruminant feed and GasAbate manure additives not only prevents direct emissions from enteric fermentation and manure management, but allows for the retention and use of valuable nutrients. This allows for further indirect reduction of emissions.
Energy gains and improved feed efficiency allows for reduced feed resulting in cost savings to the farmer and a reduction in GHG emissions related to feed production. Locking in of nutrients in the manure allows this to become a more valuable resource when used in anaerobic digestion, and a more potent organic fertilizer when land spread, displacing fossil fuel and mineral fertilizer usage with accompanying GHG savings.
It is estimated that between 2-12% of the energy content of feed to ruminants is lost via burping of methane. This represents a major economic loss to the farmer, lost productivity to the animal i.e. feed being diverted away from the animal and accounts for approximately 45% of agricultural emissions in the EU.
GlasPort Bio is developing novel feed additives to prevent such emissions allowing for more sustainable profitable livestock farming.
Manure is rich in nutrients and is a valuable renewable resource. However, from the moment it is produced it starts to lose these nutrients as methane, ammonia and other gases. This results in a weakened manure for use on-farm or in anaerobic digestion, while contributing greatly to nuisance odours.
GlasPort Bio is developing novel manure additives for improved manure management, helping to lock in these nutrients, reduce malodours and reduce the on-farm carbon footprint.
We are, after all, the greatest problem solvers to have ever existed on Earth. If working apart, we are a force powerful enough to destabilize our planet. Surely working together, we are powerful enough to save it.
Veteran British broadcaster and documentary maker David Attenborough.
The [GasAbate] innovation is disruptive and would be a game-changing technology. The impact for the environment is significant and it would put Europe worldwide on the leading edge
European Commission, EIC Review panel
The climate emergency is a race we are losing, but it is a race we can win.
António Guterres - Remarks at 2019 Climate Action Summit
Cutting methane is the strongest lever we have to slow climate change over the next 25 years
Inger Andersen, Executive Director of the United Nations Environmental Programme