After the energy sector, agriculture is the second largest CO2 emitter worldwide. It is also true for the coffee supply chain. With our biogas project we are able to decrease the GHG emissions of the cultivation of the coffee beans.
With biogas, farmers can replace firewood and fossil fuels. They do not only spend less money on energy but also lower their GHG emissions.
Both storage and application of conventional mineral fertilizer and livestock manure are sources of anthropogenic emissions. The production of nitrogen fertilizers is a very energy-intensive industrial process that burdens the overall greenhouse gas balance of agriculture. Provided that the retention time is long enough, biogas plants can greatly reduce the total emissions of greenhouse gases produced during the storage and application of manure. The production of bio slurry is a natural process without external energy supply.
In agriculture, production levels and environmental impacts, are determined not only by natural factors (soil, climate) but also by the skills of the farm manager. Among other things, we teach farmers how to run climate friendly agriculture. In this way, our climate field school is another important step towards minimizing emissions.