In the Agrofood Ecosystem® cooperation, we are exploring the opportunities to use pig manure at the Huittinen biogas plant. With the switch to manure-based feedstock, the biogas plant would produce biogas and recycled fertiliser. Manure processing at the biogas plant would directly reduce the carbon footprint of pork by 12%. Improving the manure use is an important part of our Zero Carbon climate plan.
Gasum and HKScan are together planning to convert Gasum’s existing biogas plant in Huittinen to an industrial-scale manure plant. The plant would be the first industrial-scale biogas plant in Finland using manure as its main feedstock. The plant would utilise 60,000 tonnes of various feedstocks of which 50,000 tonnes would consist of manures and agricultural side streams.
In addition to renewable biogas, the plant would produce local organic recycled fertiliser that could be transported to the nutrient-deficient crop farms. This would also reduce the nutrient load in the Baltic Sea.
The biogas plant would be ready to receive manure-based feedstocks in the autumn 2021.
Smaller carbon footprint of meat with manure processing
According to the calculations, utilisation of pig manure at the biogas plant would directly reduce the carbon footprint of pork by 12%. In addition, the need for fossil energy and mineral fertilisers would be decreased.
TOGETHER WE CAN PROMOTE EVEN MORE EFFICIENT NUTRIENT RECYCLING
Co-operation with contract farmers and Gasum
Together with its contract farms, HKScan is planning the availability of manure-based feedstocks for the Huittinen biogas plant. HKScan's contract pork producer Emomylly Oy is committed to the project as one of HKScan’s many contract partners.
Gasum will be responsible for the investment in and operation of the Huittinen biogas plant.