AHDB UK Pigs – The benefits of using air scrubbers in pig buildings
Last month the AHDB in UK published a section on their website relating the use of air scrubbers in pigs buildings. This also follows the findings in a report from Zanita Markham (Knowledge Transfer Manager – Pork) about the need to revise emission factors relating to ammonia for pig production.
Both articles really serve to bring clarity to the current situation regards ammonia emissions and how to address them through air abatement systems. As leaders in the field of air scrubbing and energy recovery for pig, poultry, cattle and Insects, we were pleased to offer our advice during the process. The result a valuable resource to guide producers and their advisors as to what the options are when considering air abatement in this way.
In May we presented on behalf of the AHDB on the subject at Pig and Poultry:
Outdated ammonia emissions factors set to be revised
The conclusion from the report was that emissions factors (expressed in Kgs of ammonia/animal/place/year) were lower that had been calculated 20 years ago, that British pig farmers have made significant progress in reducing ammonia emissions. This will lead to significant reduction in environmental mitigation costs, estimate at around 15 million pounds. As such, the environmental agency has use the results to publish eight new emission factors. For example for finisher pigs on Slaats 2.5kgs NH3 compared to the previous 4.1Kgs NH3. As the UK has agreed to the international targets of 16% reduction by 2030 and 87% of UK ammonia emissions are from agriculture, substantial reductions will need to be made.
To acquire an environmental permit, producers will need to meet the best available techniques (BAT) associated emission levels benchmark.
Grant funding is available, the countryside stewardship being one of them.
The advice for those considering new buildings is to plan early, liaise with the authorities and EA and seek advice from the CSF (catchment sensitive farming partnership).
Air scrubbing – an effect way to address air pollution
More specifically when it comes to end of pipe air emission management Inno+ and our business partner in the UK are on hand to offer advice. With 20 years’ experience in this field, we are very aware of the pitfalls of getting it wrong. Be that with system design or just miss understanding the rules, resulting in some cases with an expensive ‘clean up’. Of course, the UK pig sector does have the advantage that much knowledge share has already occurred in the last couple of years with the authorities, planning groups and other advisors for poultry.
Say that the advice AHDB offers on their website is a great insight into the workings of air scrubbing, but also the benefits with regards to reuse of energy from wash water to precondition the barns. This Saves money and improves production through air pre conditioning to provide an optimal in house climate. For that we must thank, specifically Ben Williams and Zanita Markham for the great work they have done and hopefully making our jobs easier over the coming years.
For more information on:
- Inno+ air scrubbing
- Triple EEE energy recovery
- Section 4 – end of pipe air abatement in the BAT
- Learn more about Inno+ projects
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