A bioenergy system being installed at JBS Australia’s Beef City, QLD and Scone, NSW processing sites will capture emissions from wastewater treatment and create a renewable gas system for the businesses.
JBS Australia has pledged to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040 throughout its operations, in partnership with its producers, suppliers, and customers. To assist in achieving its goal, JBS Australia has partnered with biogas handling company Energy360 on projects to build turnkey solutions.
This involves replacing natural gas as the plants’ processing heat source with renewable gas, capturing from site wastewater emissions.
JBS Australia’s red meat processing sites have naturally occurring sources of renewable biogas. Energy360 is providing custom designed bioenergy systems and installing covers on the sites’ wastewater treatment lagoons to capture the renewable gas generated and using it for heat generation.
This renewable gas will displace natural gas and provide both sites with significant natural gas cost savings and Greenhouse Gas abatement, which will assist in JBS Australia’s Net Zero objective.
Following the completion of Energy360’s recent front-end engineering design studies at both sites, the bioenergy systems will be delivered in the second half of 2023.
Both projects will eliminate more than 60,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually while saving more than $2 million of natural gas usage each year.
In addition to the renewable gas produced, Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCUs) will also be generated by the projects.
The Bioenergy Systems will also help future-proof the company against volatile natural gas price rises for the next ten years and will deliver on the GHG savings demanded by the market, generating more than 100 terajoules of renewable gas annually.
Head of Energy360, Samantha Lamond said this was the first of what her company expected to be many EPC contracts, where Energy360 will be the principal contractor in the installation of turnkey, behind-the-meter biogas delivery systems.
JBS Australia group manager for sustainability, Sam Churchill, said JBS owned and operated some of the largest and most technologically advanced production facilities in Australia.
“These bioenergy projects are just one way we are working toward meeting our net-zero goal by capturing wastewater emissions and switching to renewable energy sources in our facilities,” he said.
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