AD facilities are at their best when they work with the local community, economy and businesses. At Ixora, we call this interaction with key partners our “Circular Economy”.
The basic principle behind our Circular Economy is:
- Food companies provide waste to AD;
- AD provides energy to businesses and homes;
- Households buy food – and so the circle is created.
There are also several other links that a well-run AD facility can provide, including supporting the rural economy, supporting the food industry, and boosting community success.
Whether you run a small, farm-based AD plant, or an industrial scale gas to grid plant, each of the projects we design has the Circular Economy at their core.
Supporting the Rural Economy
- Farmers are paid fair, guaranteed and consistent prices for the feedstock they supply to AD plants, allowing them to diversify. It also offers some protection from the fluctuations in commodity markets.
- The high-quality renewable fertilisers that AD facilities supply across agriculture, breaks the link with fossil fuel derived artificial fertiliser. In turn, this drives down the agricultural carbon foot print.
- Renewable energy can be supplied directly to rural businesses, providing a cost effective and fully traceable alternative to fossil fuels.
- AD plants work in partnership with feedstock providers to ensure best practice land management for a better environment.
Supporting the Food Industry
- AD plants can convert waste from food manufacturers into renewable energy, rather than making less environmentally friendly disposal.
- Innovative food production centres such as vertical and urban farms are ideally suited to AD plants, because they can take advantage of the energy and heat that is produced.
Boosting Community Success
- The AD sector provides jobs both at the facilities and within local communities (including managing feedstock production, fertiliser management and maintenance services).
- AD facilities provide educational opportunities for all age groups. Partnerships with local communities and education providers generate genuine “buy-in” from local communities. This provides a platform to inspire future innovation.
- Innovative projects are generated, including the development of new and exciting uses for AD outputs. These range from artificial fertiliser replacement, to CO2-based animal feeds – and even alcohol.