A new trial to transform cow manure into vehicle friendly fuel has been launched by the processor to help its sustainability efforts.
The three-month trial will see Arla use manure from 500 cows to create 27,000kg of biofuel to power two tankers transporting milk between dairy processing sites.
It is hoped to reduce the processor’s carbon impact by 80 tonnes, and is the first UK business to waste from its own farms to generate power from its fleet.
Ian Barker, an Arla farmer involved in the trial, said: “Many of us recognise how valuable a cow’s milk is but many are not aware that manure is just as important.
“Processing cow manure in this manner provides us with a limitless source of energy, plus the digestate, or solid matter, left over after the process makes an even richer fertiliser for my fields, so it is a win-win.”
The process will also create natural fertiliser which farmers can put back on farms.
Graham Wilkinson, agricultural director at Arla, added: “Using manure from our farms is helping us reduce our waste and rely less on air-polluting fossil fuels so it’s a no brainer for us.
“With the help of our farmers and partners, we have a fully closed loop which at scale, could be revolutionary in helping fuel a greener future.”
Arla will use the trial to access opportunities for scaling up poo-powered transport opportunities across its value chain.