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£600,000 awarded to NI companies to fund sustainable solutions for livestock waste

Six Northern Ireland Companies Awarded £600,000 to Develop Sustainable Solutions for Livestock Waste


United Renewables is one of the six Northern Ireland companies to have been awarded a total of £600,000 to develop practical and environmentally friendly solutions for livestock waste. The funding, which is being provided by the Department for the Economy’s Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) and DAERA’s Green Growth Fund, will be used by the companies to create practical and economically viable models where livestock slurry can be separated with minimal nitrogen and methane losses. The goal is to produce feedstock that can be used to produce biogas or biomethane via anaerobic digestion (AD). Nutrients remaining post-energy production will also be suitably processed to provide a replacement for artificial fertiliser for use in NI or for export.

Welcoming the six projects, DAERA’s Director of Green Growth Delivery and Climate Action Division, Claire Cockerill said “This SBRI funding is an excellent example of Green Growth in action and a demonstration of government and industry working in tandem to deliver climate action solutions. I very much hope that this feasibility funding will lead to practical and environmentally sustainable solutions for the use of livestock slurry.”

Paul Grocott, Head of Economic Strategy at the Department for the Economy added: “SBRI is a highly effective way of encouraging the development of new innovative solutions to public policy challenges. Through this funding, businesses can help deliver a greener economy, in one of our largest sectors, in line with our 10X Economic Vision.”

This is an exciting development for the Northern Ireland agri-food sector and shows the commitment of government and industry to finding practical and sustainable solutions to the challenge of livestock waste. We look forward to seeing the results of these projects and the impact they will have on the environment and the economy.

If you are interested in reading the full article released by the Department of Agriculture, environment, and Rural Affairs you can find it  on their website


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