2. Reduce Methane Emissions through Established and Emerging Technologies
Methane emissions from Idaho’s agriculture sector are a significant contributor to climate. In Idaho, this pollutant comes primarily from cow digestive processes and the breakdown of manure. Over the past few decades, Idaho has seen a drastic increase in the number of large, concentrated animal feedlots (commonly known as CAFOs). This rise in the number of CAFOs has seen an equivalent rise in the amount of manure produced by livestock — and the methane that it releases.
The predominant method for managing livestock manure currently involves spreading it over fields. In addition to creating serious water contamination and public health concerns, this “land applied” manure is left to release methane into the atmosphere (which is 28x more potent than Co2). ICL promotes waste-to-wealth technologies that help capture methane and use it on-site for heat or energy needs.
The management of livestock and their manure can be a significant contributor to climate change, or it can be part of the solution using proven technology that captures methane emissions.