lower carbon footprint
Renderers have always been at the forefront of recycling and landfill waste diversion of organic materials, and as we have grown and changed through history we have also looked for better economics.
These changes have manifested in clean burning boilers, using biodiesel as fuel for the fleets of trucks, and more efficient equipment using less electricity. All of these changes have costs, but have also produced savings that until recently could not be measured.
The carbon footprint of rendering was studied recently via a project conducted by the National Renderers Association at Clemson University’s Animal Co-Products Research & Education Center (ACREC). And as these studies progressed, Dr. Charles H. Gooding, Ph.D., P.E., Professor of Chemical Engineering, developed the “Carbon Footprint Calculator for Rendering Operation,” a method of calculating the carbon footprint of a rendering facility. This calculator now gave the rendering industry a method of measuring the good that is done by the rendering recycling process and industry.
For more information, or to try the Calculator for yourself, visit the National Renderers Website.