June 13, 2023 by Manure Manager
Global pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca (AZ) stated this week that it would make a major change in its U.S. operations: switching to biogas produced from both livestock manure and food waste.
The new arrangement comes from a deal with U.S.-based Vanguard Renewables. It will source manure from three Massachusetts farms with about 900 cattle each, combined with food waste. The energy produced will be equivalent to the energy needed to heat nearly 18,000 U.S. homes annually.
AZ has stated publicly that it aims to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions it directly produces by 98 percent by 2026. An analysis from 2022 found that the carbon output of the global pharmaceutical/biotech industries is greater than that of the forestry and paper sector.