October 10, 2022
Renewable biogas company, Greenville Energy, are working with Carbon Positive Motorsport in a unique collaboration with Highland Carbon.
Carbon Positive Motorsport and Greenville Energy will partner in a unique collaboration with Highland Carbon to investigate and develop new projects to benefit motorsport, both in the UK and overseas.
The collaboration between Greenville, Carbon Positive Motorsport, and their exclusive offsetting provider, Highland Carbon, will include high quality, rewilding-based woodland carbon code projects in the future utilising Greenville's non-productive land, and the potential use of Carbon Credits from Greenville's waste to energy business.
Greenville Energy provides sustainable waste management solutions for commercial business, by recovering energy from organic waste material. The collaboration between the two companies is believed to be the first of its kind and it all stems from Greenville boss, and rally competitor, Jason Mitchell.
Carbon Positive Motorsport Director Paul Glass explains, "Very early this season our brand ambassador Matt Edwards had been coaching Jason Mitchell and reached out to us to explain how interested Jason was in our initiative. From that we started offsetting Jason’s events and talking with his company Grenville Energy Ltd and our partner Highland Carbon, to explore if there was some potential to work together for the benefit of motorsport and the environment."
Greenville Energy’s relationship to motorsport and their innovative carbon reduction technologies provide both companies with mutual benefits and brand opportunities.
Paul adds, "I was amazed at what Greenville had achieved and the positive supportive approach they showed towards us. I’m really pleased that these early discussions are now leading to concrete steps towards the potential for high-quality carbon offsetting units that meet the standards we look for. These will be exclusively provided to us for the benefit of motorsport and the environment."
Photo Credit: With thanks to James Ervin
Greenville Energy was born from a desire to utilise the waste from the family’s dairy farm, Greenville Dairies, to produce renewable energy in order to satisfy the farm's ever increasing energy usage. They began producing renewable energy from anaerobic digestion in April 2012, after several years of research.
The waste from the farm is co-digested with waste from food manufacturers and food retailers, to produce an energy rich natural gas known as biogas. The biogas is then used to fuel generators to produce electricity and heat which is used by the farm to reduce its dependency on energy from fossil fuels. Excess electricity is exported onto the national grid to power local homes and businesses, helping to meet UK targets for renewable energy.
After passing through the digester system, the remaining waste is used as an organic fertiliser on the farm, replacing chemical fertilisers and further reducing their carbon footprint.
In 2018 Greenville Energy installed the first BioLNG facility of its kind in the world to convert raw biogas into Renewable Liquid Natural Gas and Liquid Carbon Dioxide, meaning that nothing is wasted in the process. The BioLNG is utilised to provide electrical and thermal energy to local companies with high energy demands and is also used to fuel a HGV
which transports feedstock to the site. The liquid carbon dioxide is processed into solid dry ice for use in industry. This means that nothing is wasted in the process and that the company can operate on a circular economy.
Greenville Energy Chief Operating Officer Gary Logue commented: "When we first learned about the possibility for carbon offsetting we were keen to get involved as this was something that fitted with our Company ethos. After learning more about the process from
Carbon Positive Motorsport and Highland Carbon we saw potential for Greenville Energy to go farther than just offset our own single rally vehicle but to begin our own carbon offsetting projects, helping to promote Greenville Energy as a carbon negative company."
Find out more about Greenville Energy on their website greenvilleenergy.com
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