Canadian pork industry introduces improved greenhouse gas project builder
The Canadian pork industry has introduced the latest
draft of a software package designed to help pig producers calculate the number
of greenhouse gas offset credits they may be able to sell.
The Pork Greenhouse
Gas Project Builder is a computer based calculator which allows the
swine producer to quantify his operation's greenhouse gas emissions and
determine the number of offset credits that will be generated by adopting
certain technologies or production practices.
The latest draft is being introduced through a series of workshops and will
travel to all areas of the country.
Canadian Pork Council environmental programs coordinator Cedric MacLeod says
the software was developed using the best available Canadian science according
to ISO 14064 standards and is internationally recognizable.
"The builder is of value because, for the last three years, through the
greenhouse gas mitigation program, we've talked to producers extensively about
different practices that would allow them to manage their greenhouse gas
emissions from an operation. However, we weren't able to provide them with
concrete data to back up a lot of the claims that we had on different
technologies and practices," MacLeod said.
"This software package will allow a Canadian pork producer to input
production data such as feed usage and ration composition, herd inventories into
the system and identify some different practices that are ongoing on the
operation and the project builder will actually estimate what kind of greenhouse
gas output can be expected from that operation."
MacLeod notes there are lots of opportunities though regional greenhouse gas
carbon markets that have popped up in California, Oregon, the north-eastern US
states and there is now an operating market in Alberta as new power generation
stations are required to offset emissions if they're running on some of the
dirtier forms of fossil fuels.
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