Can livestock and rice farming earn carbon credits and participate in carbon market?

December 09, 2023 | our island, Taiwan 

Hanbao Livestock Farm in Changhua County, Taiwan, has implemented sustainable practices to reduce methane emissions and greenhouse gases. With over 40,000 pigs, the farm uses a high-bed design in the pigsties, facilitating the collection of pig waste for anaerobic fermentation. The resulting methane is then used for power generation, contributing to an efficient and environmentally friendly energy cycle. The farm also maximizes methane production by adjusting pig feed, aiming for higher methane concentrations. Through a combination of solar panels and methane-derived power generation, the farm generates over ten million Taiwanese dollars annually.

Furthermore, Hanbao Livestock Farm participates in voluntary carbon trading, obtaining carbon credits through the Gold Standard international certification platform. By reducing emissions and efficiently utilizing waste, the farm contributes to environmental conservation and profits from selling carbon credits. Additionally, the farm is part of the Small Farmers Carbon initiative, focusing on agricultural practices that enhance soil organic matter, potentially leading to carbon credits for the participating farmers. This sustainable approach not only mitigates environmental impact but also demonstrates a profitable model for the agricultural sector.