How can a large glasshouse facility, even when it is powered by super efficient LED lighting, be carbon negative?
In the UK climate, to create consistent growing temperatures and lighting conditions requires us to use some LED lighting and glasshouse heating to make sure that our cultivation environment remains totally consistent across the seasons.
Although 40% of the light energy required will come directly from the sun, the remainder has to be supplemented. In a large scale protected agriculture environment, this requires a substantial amount of electricity.
Fortunately, our facility is totally integrated with an existing green energy production plant that is turning food waste into usable power all year round and avoiding methane creation; a potent greenhouse gas. In addition to this, we also have a major solar facility on site.
We also use by-products of the on-site energy production, like excess heat and carbon dioxide to heat, cool and feed our plants. This sublime synergy of effects means that the net amount of greenhouse gases produced by the facility is negative, with every resource being used in a circular way.
It also means that we don't have to rely on carbon credits to claim we are carbon negative...our business model is intrinsically built that way using the best practices of circular economic design.
We have taken the pledge with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to be Climate Neutral Now (confirmation pending). This means we are committed to report and reduce all three scopes of emissions and all GHGs, so real climate neutrality is achieved.
Both the Glass Pharms facility and all of the production will be PAS 2060 accredited to verify its status as carbon neutral.